A Booming Genre
Don’t you think it rather strange that when we categorise books we use the affected and pretentious word genre. I do it myself, of course, and can hardly complain, but I wish there was a good, honest English word to take its place, something less prissy and self-conscious. It is at its worse when spoken; in print it goes almost unnoticed. But when books are discussed on Radio 4, for instance, I cringe every time I hear it. What the old curmudgeon Reith would have said I tremble to think, but perhaps I should quake more at the thought of emulating his distaste.
Well. Rant over. Isn’t it great that children’s books are doing so brilliantly? More sold last year than ever before, a truly booming sector. (Sector’s a fairly horrible word, too.)
Indeed, books of all sorts (sorts?) are exceeding all sales’ expectations and copy-editors and proofreaders should be putting the Prosecco on ice. Never a better time to learn to edit and proofread! End of ad break. Many thought (not me) that e-books would be the death of paper and print, but the opposite has happened. Electronic books are doing well, but their growth curve is slowing, and hard copy sales are very buoyant. Books are more popular than ever. There is work for freelance copy-editors and proofreaders both on hard copy and e-books. Our proofreading and copy-editing courses show you how to succeed in either or both spheres. Editing on screen is an important part of any freelancer’s armoury, and we show you how to do it.
We all love children’s books. Even some children like them! I jest. Children still love books and the earlier they are read to the better. Adults get a lot of pleasure buying books for children and this trade is very good for traditional bookshops. Nothing beats handling and reading real books in the High Street.
Children’s books have to be edited and proofread just like adult books. There is a growing need for freelance copy-editors and proofreaders in all areas of publishing.
Selecting the right book for a child is no easy process, however. The Christmas market is huge so there are lots of reviews in the press and online. But the rest of the year the review market in children’s literature goes remarkably quiet. I therefore welcome the new Oxford Companion to Children’s Literature which will provide inspiration to any parent or grandparent who has run out of birthday steam. If you are keen you should buy it. If you can’t afford it, don’t forget to go to your library if it’s still there! They’re bound to have a copy.