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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A book I edited is published!

I don't often write about my editorial work, but it's not every day that a book I worked on it published, so I did want to let people know! Especially if you know anyone who went to YMCA Camp Greenville? Betsy Thorpe and I worked on a beautiful coffee table book about the camp's 100th anniversary which came out this week! (She did the writing, I did the editing.) It's titled YMCA Camp Greenville: High Atop the Blue Ridge and was a lot of fun to work on. Betsy got to look through 100 years of archival material, we both went to the camp last winter and got a personal tour from the director, and I know we both learned a lot about a nearby organization that has both done a lot of good and been a vitally important experience in many, many young boy's lives (and now young girls!)

Personally, I adored camp and think it was even a life-saver of sorts. I know most people go to camp to learn to build a fire, canoe, and use a compass (all of which I did learn), but the social aspects were by far the most important impact for me. As a kid who was teased and bullied in school, camp made me realize that it wasn't me, it was them. At camp I had a ton of friends, was popular and well-liked, and had no problems. It really helped me shore up my self-esteem and not take my schoolmates' opinions as seriously as I might have. I hope other people have as wonderful memories of camp as I do!

Editing a coffee table book is a very different experience than a novel or other straight-prose book. I had to edit lists and photo captions and you have to work with the designer and author on the exactly placement of sidebars and call-outs and making sure the text is on the same page as referenced photos. It may not have nearly as much text as a traditional book, but it involves nearly as much editorial work.

The book is filled with memories and stories from bygone times, up through today. The period photos really bring the book to life. If you know anyone who'd be interested, please send them to this site to buy the book: http://www.campgreenvillebook.org/.

1 comment:

Booksnyc said...

Congratulations Carin! The book is beautiful.