Just a quick one

As my side project is pretty much all wrapped up, I’m currently counting down to the London Book Fair. Just over two weeks to go! How time flies… I’m currently investigating exhibitors who aren’t on my main itinerary, but who might be interesting to visit if I happen to be near their stands. Much of the preparation still outstanding will, of necessity, take place the day before as it involves constructing a decently sized packed lunch and sorting out business-casual wear that will be comfortable all day.

I’ve also received indications from one of my contacts that some actual proofreading work will be appearing in the not too dim and distant future. After the last six months of nothing much, this is very encouraging indeed. 🙂


The Philosophical Treatments of Miscarriage and Pregnancy Loss

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The first-ever collection on philosophical treatments of miscarriage and pregnancy loss is also the first entirely Open Access issue of Journal of Social Philosophy. The creation of the Special Issue: Miscarriage, Reproductive Loss, and Fetal Death is motivated by the fact that miscarriage is widely experienced — yet the phenomenon of miscarriage remains shockingly under-theorized. Philosophers have written about abortion and about pregnancy, but until now we could count philosophical works on miscarriage on the fingers of one hand.
Guest-editor Kathryn Norlock first noticed this gap when trying to write about her own experience with miscarriage as it relates to feminist ethics. When she raised the possibility of a philosophical project on the topic to co-editors Ann Cahill and Byron Stoyles, they immediately perceived related concerns, about the significance of death, about the social construction of pregnancy, and about the intersubjectivity of personal identity. All three agreed that they…

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York Publishing Services — a brief review

York Publishing Services was recommended to me by my careers advisor when I mentioned, late last year, that I was planning to self-publish the collection of my grandmother’s poetry that has been my main project for the past six months. I have greatly enjoyed working with this company. The main positive points are:

  • Quality of work: Excellent. I had, as chronicled on this blog, carried out most of the necessary editorial work on the collection before I ever contacted YPS. However, the editorial tweaks made by YPS were well-judged and I was happy to bow to their greater editorial experience. When I was presented with some possible cover designs, it was a challenge to make my final selection because they were both very good (my final choice was based on what seemed to me to fit best with the natural themes running through the collection). At every proof stage, my project looked very good, especially the final bound proof.
  • Speed of work/responses: Very fast. Right from my initial query, I received replies to all of my messages within a very few days. Paper samples, design samples and the various proof stages followed each other very quickly, each package coming no more than two weeks after the last (this can probably be partly attributed to the shortness of my collection, but I doubt that this is the whole story).
  • Professionalism: Excellent. This is indubitably what was behind the high quality of work which I have mentioned above. This high standard of professionalism was also evident when I emailed out of the blue with concerns that (thankfully) turned out to be unfounded, and when technical issues on my end meant that the transmission of the pictures for the project became unexpectedly complicated.

Overall, York Publishing Services is an excellent company producing very high-quality work. I am very happy with my experiences with them, and I would recommend them without hesitation to anybody who was thinking of self-publishing.

The Call of Silence

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the debateWhat if silence was the route for understanding and theorizing a better world? In a recent debate done at the Institute of Art and Ideas, an author, a former priest, a philosopher of language and musician weigh in on how silence can be a means to approaching deep philosophical puzzles. Is there an implication within silence that necessitates an understanding of society or is it that silence leads to answers? There are three parts to the debate; Unspeakable things, Beyond words, and can silence change the world?

To watch the debate, click here: http://iai.tv/video/the-call-of-silence.  The Institute of Art and Ideas (IAI) is committed to fostering a progressive and vibrant intellectual culture in the UK. A not-for-profit organization, it is engaged in changing the current cultural landscape through big ideas, boundary-pushing thinkers and challenging debates.

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Over-the-top Hammer Horror references aside, my little poetry project is pretty much all wrapped up. I’ve given my seal of approval (not the marine animal, sadly) to the final bound proof copy and the 100-copy print run should be happening pretty soon. I’m very happy with York Publishing Services and I would definitely recommend them to anybody who was thinking about self-publishing. I’ll be posting a more detailed review next week.

All of this comes just in time for the London Book Fair, for which I have completed all necessary preparations apart from the culinary ones (packed lunches being best created the night before, if you’re getting up early). Roll on April 15th! I’m keeping my fingers crossed for some good networking opportunities.

Side Project — nearing completion! Also, a possible future project

I’ve had the second proofs and selected a suitable cover design (it’s predominantly in warm, green tones — this works rather well with the nature theme of a lot of the poems in the collection).

The final bound proof copy should be wafting its way to me in the next couple of weeks or so, at a guess. I’m really looking forward to seeing it!

In other news, my grandfather (my mother’s father — the grandmother whose poetry is the focus of this side project is my father’s mother) passed away recently. He wrote a number of science fiction short stories, but they were never published. Sadly, it’s likely that he threw out most of them, but my grandmother sent over all of the stories that she could find. I’ll most likely get to work on editing them near the end of April, once the London Book Fair is over. I’m also contemplating what to do with them once I’ve edited them. Producing a hard-copy collection for distribution in memoriam among members of the family would be one possibility, but the small number of copies (probably no more than twenty) that would be produced means that this course of action might not be cost-effective. I am therefore leaning towards the option of serializing the stories, The Strand-style, on this very blog. There probably won’t be any illustrations, though — I’m no Sidney Paget!

Happy International Women’s Day!

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Celebrate International Women's Day with WileyThe 2015 theme for International Women’s Day is ‘Make it Happen’ and that is certainly the case on the blog hosted by Wiley.  Experts across a variety of fields are asking tough questions and sparking conversation around women’s rights. Ranging from politics to business, history to philosophy, the classroom to the household, the blog reveals the crucial timing and necessity of its content. Readers, men and women from across the globe, are commenting on the blog, relaying their personal stories and shared views on society and the possibility of change.

Beyond the blog, a special collection of articles and book chapters are available free on the website. Scholarly works across the Social Sciences and Humanities work to support awareness and equality amongst gender. Included in these gender studies is the LGBT communities and scholarly works surrounding medical ethics and culture.

Women’s lives differ drastically around the…

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Advocating for Women’s Rights

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Celebrate International Women's Day with WileyLast night at the Academy Awards, Patricia Arquette used her brief acceptance speech to spark the conversation on Women’s Equality, calling on the nation as a whole to join together and fight for true equality and equal wages for women. Though her follow-up interview ignited critics across Twitter and the internet to weigh in on her call, the message was not lost.

Wiley’s International Women’s Day 2015 page has expanded to give advocacy a full month to maximize impact.  With this month, experts like Sally Scholz, editor of the feminist philosophy journal, Hypatia, have been called upon to guest blog on the website.  Sally’s piece, available here, touches upon our reach as global citizens to utilize our individual spaces to spark conversation like Patricia Arquette has done.

“What do our collective efforts to bring about positive social change reveal about the feasibility and desirability for a global…

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