Field Trip

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This week, we went on a little field trip to the Center for Literary Publishing, which publishes the journal Colorado Review three times a year. Like the Greyrock Review, the Center is located on CSU’s campus, but the Colorado Review takes submissions from all over the United States. We got to see how the Review is made — on a much larger scale than Greyrock, but with a similar timeline and operation — and hear about the opportunities we’ll be getting this year.

We got the opportunity to meet the Center’s editor in chief, Stephanie G’Schwind, who will be our faculty adviser for this internship. Stephanie was friendly, informative, and enthusiastic about this year and the journal that we’ll be putting together. I think Stephanie will be a fantastic resource for both my internship and this thesis project, and I’m planning on asking to interview her sometime this semester. She clearly wants my team and me to make this edition of Greyrock completely our own and she told us that she will be available next semester to tell us her story and help us with career decisions in the publishing industry. She also encouraged the interns to create electronic portfolios/profiles for ourselves and, in a way, my thesis is beginning that process.

Stephanie taught us about the terminology and techniques we will be using when we create Greyrock, which was incredibly helpful and I know I’ll be using the information this year and far beyond. She taught us the difference between copyediting and proofreading, which I honestly thought were the same thing. However, a copyeditor edits a manuscript (sent by the author) for grammar, punctuation, style (Chicago, in this case), facts, and continuity and performs author queries, while a proofreader makes sure that a proof (typeset from the manuscript in Adobe InDesign) is the same, character by character, as the manuscript and adds any changes made by the copyeditor. The proofreader can’t make any actual changes to the manuscript, but they have to query the copyeditor for that.

In terms of observations for my research on the culture of Greyrock this week, I noticed an interesting dynamic beginning to spring up between the student interns: There is a very distinct line between the introverts and extroverts. There are about three or four extroverts (or people I perceive to be extroverts) on our team, and the rest appear to be more introverted, like myself. It’s clear that most of the interns are very interested in making an impression on our faculty and graduate advisers, but the extroverts were the ones asking Stephanie questions, brainstorming, and essentially controlling conversations. Of course, I’m excited to get to know everyone on this staff better, but I’m intrigued to see how our team develops, how the introverts might work to get their voices heard, and how our contrasting personality types will work together to learn and create something important.

For the remainder of this week, my assignment is to think about how I want to make this year’s Greyrock Review stand out from past editions. Stephanie provided us with several things to consider before we meet again and really dive into this internship. I’ve been thinking about whether we want to make this a blind review so as to eliminate bias, what kinds of submissions we want to take or if we’re interested in setting an overall theme, how we want to organize our system (color-coding proof levels, etc.), and how we’re all going to work together once we have our positions set.

This week, I decided to take some pictures (above) from the Center for Literary Publishing. The first is a picture of a past edition of the Colorado Review and the second depicts how the Review organizes their proofs — yellow is the original proof (typeset from the manuscript), blue is the author-approved proof, pink is the final round of editing, and green is the final proof before the Review is set to print. The third picture shows a final proof of the entire journal to be edited for the accuracy of the table of contents and the fourth is part of a wall full of award-winning Colorado Review covers from past years. I hope that these photos provide some insight into my experience from this fun, informative field trip!

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