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Books / Re: review: Gone by Michael Grant
« on: August 16, 2008, 04:39:26 AM »
Hey, Nessa,
Thanks for getting this posted. :)

I actually spotted two problems. First, on the front page of the forum, the title of my review has a little punctuation glitch. "Adults" shouldn't have an apostrophe before the "s"--it should just be the plural form. whoops. Anyhow, can you fix that for me? (I know, I know, I'm obsessive.  :P)

Also, the link at the bottom for buying the book on Amazon uses the title of my review instead of the title of the book. ("Buy Adults Need Not Exist at Amazon.") That must b because I put the book and author in the subtitle. Is it possible to correct that? Thanks so much!

How's the review of Cry Wolf coming?

Site News / Re: Happy Birthday
« on: August 13, 2008, 10:45:37 PM »
Oh, happy belated b-day, Stacer!

Writing Group / Re: Type & Gripe, Ink Meeting Coordination
« on: August 11, 2008, 10:30:21 PM »
We plot to take over the world, silly. What else would a bunch of smart women be doing?

Everything Else / Re: Best Quote Lately Reincarnated
« on: August 11, 2008, 07:30:19 PM »
I hate that book.
Me too, Faster. The whole series, in fact.  :P

Site News / Re: Call for Articles: Give us your love
« on: August 11, 2008, 04:51:51 AM »
Hey, Nessa, I submitted a review that I've been meaning to finish for a while. Yay! Only thing is, I goofed with the title a little bit. I meant to entitle it like so: "Adults Need Not Exist: Michael Grant's Gone." But I accidentally wrote "apply" instead of "exist." :P Can you fix that for me whenever you post it? Thanks!!

Writing Group / Re: Type & Gripe, Ink Meeting Coordination
« on: August 04, 2008, 06:26:12 PM »
I'd LOVE to get more Misery. (Hmm, that sounds funny put that way...)

Writing Group / Re: Type & Gripe, Ink Meeting Coordination
« on: August 04, 2008, 04:14:41 AM »
Crap, I thought it was your turn next! Do you want to take my place? I've been helping my friend move out of her old place almost every night last week.  Plus, after I was turned down by Tor, I haven't really been thinking about my writing.

And then yesterday I had a date... No, don't get too excited. I went out w/ this guy from and the date was blaaaah. :P The guy thought it was great, unfortunately. (Here's one tip, guys: if a girl turns her head when you try to give her a "goodnight kiss" on the mouth, don't try to kiss her AGAIN--especially on a first date. Oh, and don't talk about all your ex-girlfriends!!) Anyway, now I have to explain that there won't be a second date.

So, the short answer is no, I don't have a submission. Very unfair to you all, I am sorry. I think, for the future, I will continue to read subs and attend the meetings, but not submit anything myself. Things are just too unstable w/ me lately and I don't want to mess the schedule up anymore. Sorry for disappointing you all.

Rants and Stuff / Re: Revenge of Grumpy Bear
« on: August 03, 2008, 04:06:17 AM »
Thanks, Ness. Yeah, work's been rough, especially because I didn't get the job at Tor.  :'(

Huge project dumped in our laps this week at work. Plus, my boss "asked" us to compile some extra data for all of our pending payment files. We tried to explain how it would take a LOT of time to get that data--time which would be better spent actually processing payments. Guess who'll be doing overtime for the next few weeks? :P

Hey, Miyabi, I work at a textbook publisher in the Permissions Dept. (Naturally, I don't want to say which company, since these boards are public.)

(sigh) Guess it's back to the job hunt for me!

Rants and Stuff / Re: Revenge of Grumpy Bear
« on: August 01, 2008, 09:49:58 PM »
Me: <primal scream/> I'm so sick of my job!

INKTHINKER, WOW!  :o Amazing layout, drawing, coloring, etc., etc. What a cool cover image those koloss would be.... Or a T-shirt!!

Rants and Stuff / Re: Jobs and stuff
« on: July 23, 2008, 07:18:00 PM »
Yeah, I understand where you're coming from. I have a potential job offer that would pay less than I make now *and* it's in a more expensive city--Boston.

Check your PMs. :)

Rants and Stuff / Re: Jobs and stuff
« on: July 23, 2008, 06:23:31 PM »
Hey, Ookla,
I don't know if you've found a new job yet or not. But I came across something in CA that looks like it might suit you.

Copy Editor - VIZ Media. Anime/Manga Co. in SF

Publication or Company  VIZ Media, LLC
Industry  Book Publishing, Magazine Publishing
Benefits 401K/403B, Dental, Flexible Hours, Health
Job Duration Full Time
Job Location San Francisco, CA USA
Job Requirements We are looking for a Copy Editor to join our Editorial team!

The Copy Editor is responsible for editing copy that appears in VIZ Media magazines, graphic novels, trade books, catalog's, and promotional materials for errors of grammar, spelling, punctuation, clarity, accuracy, and completeness. The Copy Editor is also responsible for implementing the guidelines for the overall quality standards of the graphic novels. The Copy Editor implements style, edits copy for clarity, and ensures its accuracy.

1. Copy edits lettered pages of graphic novels
2. Proofreads internal layouts of covers and miscellaneous text for graphic novels
3. Proofs bluelines and color proofs
4. Checks for consistency in design, including elements such as page sequence, logos, barcodes, pricing, et al.
5. Copy edits other assigned text for accuracy and clarity
6. Implements house style, adhering to Chicago Manual of Style guidelines (& AP where applicable)
7. Works closely with Copy Chief to identify problems and solutions
8. Maintains Copy Desk library

In addition to these typical responsibilities, performs other activities as assigned.

• Keen proofreading eye
• Excellent English language skills, including knowledge of grammar and style
• Professional experience with standard style guides, such as Chicago Manual of Style or The Associated Press Stylebook
• Ability to prioritize projects
• Excellent communication skills
• Resourceful, creative problem solver, critical thinker
• Team player, able to facilitate ambiguity
• High energy, results oriented and detail oriented
• Ability to interact with culturally diverse clients, service providers and staff.
• Ability to work legally in the United States.
• Ability to live in/commute to the SF Bay Area.

• 2-3 years of copy editing experience, preferably in a publishing environment
• Equivalent of Bachelor's Degree in English, Journalism, Creative Writing, Comparative Literature, Communications, or related fields from an accredited college or university, or equivalent, with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for this position.

This position does not supervise others.

This positions works predominantly in an office environment. Approximately 80% of time spent on the job involves use of a video display terminal; therefore, must be able to sit for extended periods and to utilize standard ergonomics practices. Must be able to use standard office equipment such as copiers, faxes, mailing machinery.

As part of a multi-media entertainment company, employees may be subjected to work-related images including content such as: sexually explicit images, nudity, and graphic violence. Employees should be willing to work with this type of content. VIZ Media does not condone the viewing of this content where not work-related.

Employees must adhere to all applicable VIZ Media policies and procedures. Regular and predictable attendance is required. Willingness and ability to work non-standard business hours, such as nights, on an as-needed basis, is required. Employees must be able to cope effectively with deadlines and multiple demands.

Please send your detailed cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Please specify “Copy Editor” when applying.

By e-mail (NO ATTACHMENTS!!!) to [email protected]
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media) is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd. (ShoPro Japan), VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation.
The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages.

A competitive salary and an excellent benefits package including:
• Health (including chiropractic/acupuncture), Dental, and Vision insurances
• Life insurance, short-term and long-term disability insurance
• 401(k) plan
• Paid personal time off (PTO) — 17 days per year to start!
• Paid holidays — average 13 days/year
• Partially paid commuting costs
• Partially paid gym membership
• Flex-time
• Full-time casual dress policy

Writing Group / Re: Type & Gripe, Ink Meeting Coordination
« on: July 14, 2008, 06:58:29 PM »
Thanks, Jena. I've been stressed at work trying to get back up to speed. (Not that we'll ever truly get caught up with everything, but such is publishing...)
Anyhow, since we didn't have group last week and I see no sub yet, I am wondering if we are cancelling again?

Inkthinker, these are some of my favorite Mistborn renderings ever. I don't mind the off-center pose of Vin. As someone said, she is pushing and pulling on metal and maybe she's about to do a backflip or something. I love the Inquisitors too. The roughness of the sketch lends even more menace to them. I'd love to see more of your inkthinking. ;)

Books / Re: review: The Hob's Bargain
« on: July 10, 2008, 12:42:28 AM »
oh, yeah. You said you were going to do that. Woot!  ;D

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