The excitement's been building here at CCLaP headquarters recently, because editing work is finally almost finished on the center's next original book, a "micro-story" collection called Salt Creek Anthology by local author Jason Fisk, about four trashy families who all live in a cul-de-sac in the far western suburbs of Chicago. (That above, by the way, is the first official online look at the book's cover; and yes, since you asked, the entire book is actually laid out horizontally as well, or at least the PDF and paper versions.) Anyway, you know what that means, CCLaP army -- it's time to come out of reserve and help give the manuscript a final proofread! As regular readers have heard me say many times before, this is one of the biggest legitimate disadvantages of being a basement press; that a typical manuscript, no matter how well done, usually needs a good five to ten pairs of eyes at minimum to catch every single mistake and typo therein, easy to do when you have a whole staff of editors and proofers and marketers and students and fellow professors and whatnot, much more difficult when you're a one-man operation like mine.
I rely on volunteer proofreaders, people just like yourself, to help get CCLaP's manuscripts into a final, polished state, so crucial in the case of basement presses for getting others to take you seriously; and to be frank, such volunteer work has always been needed, in that you all have now caught anywhere from 30 to 120 mistakes in each of our manuscripts, and this after the author and I had already been over them a dozen times ourselves. Remember, you don't have to be an expert at the AP style manual to provide legitimate, useful help; when it comes to simple things like catching misspelled words or errant punctuation marks, for example, it's much more important to have a big group of basically trained people than a small group of language experts. (That said, I also need you AP style manual experts; and the fussier your comments about the proper hyphenation of "Lay-Z-Boy," the better!) Anyway, the manuscript is ready for you to take a look at anytime you're ready, in PDF, EPUB and MOBI/Kindle versions depending on what works best for you, so please just drop me a line at cclapcenter [at] gmail.com to have a copy emailed to you right away. Since we have to build in some extra space this time to get the paper version done, deadline for proofing comments is June 21th (a week from today), so make sure to drop a line right away if you're interested! Jason and I both thank you in advance, for helping us get this book into the best shape humanly possible before public release.