- Must be ten to fifteen minutes long (per person).
- Must be accompanied by a two-page handout (per person).
- Must cover material that will be of interest and value to the class. That is, presentations must supplement course content.
- Must be well organized and well delivered. (If you want to use the colloquium room, please let me know, and I'll try to reserve it for you.)
- Will receive letter grades.
|George Beetham Jr.|
|Bill Hamilton (right) with Buddy Bess, |
of Bess Press, at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
|Anjoli Roy / Aiko Yamashiro|
- Were you selected for your position from a field of applicants? If so, why do you think you were chosen?
- If you founded your own organization, can you tell me what your mission was when you started? Has it changed over the years? If it has, please explain how and why.
- What kind of training/assistance did you receive when you started?
- Do you have assistants? If so, how many are there? What qualifications must they have? What kind of training do they get?
- What kinds of computer software and hardware do you use in your work? Did you receive formal computer training, or did you learn on the job?
- Tell me about your editorial policies:
• How do you select manuscripts for publication?
• What kind of copyediting do these manuscripts receive?
• How do you handle authors whose manuscripts you edit extensively?
- Would you be willing to give me samples of your forms? For example, production schedules, agreements or contracts with authors, and/or editorial policies. These will be shared with my classmates as part of my presentation; if you like, I can return the samples to you after my presentation.
- Do you ever receive praise or criticism from the readers of your books/issues? If the latter, how do you handle it?
- What books/issues are you working on right now?
- Tell me your favorite editing story.
- Create a fictitious company and discuss your product, policies, and organizational structure. For example, you might create a company called The Copy Cats, which offers copyediting and proofreading services to individuals, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses. You could describe your services in detail, including your rates; explain how you correspond with your clients about their material; list who's on your staff and describe each person's area of expertise; list some of your clients and describe how you've helped each one. If you choose this kind of presentation, please create a five-page manuscript that shows your editing. (This manuscript will be the handout for both you and your partner.)
- Report on the career of someone who shaped publishing in Hawai‘i. For example, you might chart the transformation of student writer Mahealani Dudoit into the editor and publisher of the ground-breaking ‘Oiwi: A Native Hawaiian Journal.