John Prince

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New Breakfast Serial from Hallard Press Herman Melville did it. So did Henry James. And Harriet Beecher Stowe, too. Story and book serialization was very popular during the late 1800s as magazines flourished and American literacy surged. Now Hallard Press is bringing it back on Fridays with their online Breakfast Serial. In publishing, serialization means …

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Chicago Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster, and Style Sheets

All part of the Hallard Press proofreading process. But what about Grammarly? “Editing” is a nebulous term authors keep hearing and that often means whatever you want it to mean. Depending on whom you consult, the definitions vary considerably. Authors also keep hearing about the critical nature of the editing process. “Behind every great writer …

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The Bottom Line

It’s called “imagination” and most authors (and readers) are OK with that. Some fifty-plus years ago I was laboring away in London at a publishing house in The City transcribing American comic strips into the “Queen’s English.” An editor friend popped in one morning and asked, “Do you want to meet Hank Janson?” “Who’s Hank …

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Medieval village self-quarantined for 14 months to prevent spread of the plague

Eyam is a picture-perfect English village of less than a thousand people in the Derbyshire Dales. Through a series of happenstance events, Eyam, in 1665, was one of the pioneers in the concept of self-quarantine and social distancing. That summer a flea-infested bolt of cloth arrived at the local tailor shop. Within a week, people …

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