Three books standing on a table

We have a winner!

by John Pettigrew

At this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair, we ran a competition on our stand to find ‘the fastest editor in Frankfurt’. We had lots of great conversations, and some really good entries. But there can be only one winner!

The competition we ran on our stand at Frankfurt this year was all about the importance of editors and proofreaders – and how much work it is to ensure that the books we publish are of suitable quality. We had some fun conversations with the visitors who entered, and we hope they enjoyed the exercise at least a little!

The Book Fair itself was (as I’ve said) a great experience for us. As well as launching Futureproofs and talking to lots of people on our stand, we were very excited and proud to be shortlisted for the prestigious Futurebook awards, in the Best Tech Innovation category. We’re keeping our fingers crossed as we wait for the announcement of the winner at the Futurebook conference in November.

But, speaking of winners, the point of this post is to announce who we found to be ‘the fastest editor in Frankfurt’. The competition took the form of a double-page spread from one of our prizes, into which I inserted ten deliberate mistakes in layout. The competitors’ apparently simple job was to find as many as they could in just 5 minutes. With the issues ranging from low-resolution images through misaligned text to subtle issues of page-number placement, it was no simple matter to find them all. We had a lot of great entries but there was one clear winner.

With an impressive score of 9 out of 10, I’m delighted to announce that our winner is Barbara Scherer. Many congratulations to her, and we hope she enjoys reading the excellent prizes she has won.

Spread from Vikings book

List of prizes

Copyediting by Judith Butcher (Cambridge University Press).
“Since its first publication in 1975, Judith Butcher’s Copy-editing has become firmly established as a classic reference guide. This fourth edition has been comprehensively revised to provide an up-to-date and clearly presented source of information for all those involved in preparing typescripts and illustrations for publication.”

The Content Machine by Michael Bhaskar (Anthem Press)
“Publishing is in crisis. Publishing has always been in crisis, but today‚Äôs version, fuelled by the digital boom, has some frightening symptoms. This ground-breaking study, the first of its kind, outlines a theory of publishing that allows publishing houses to focus on their core competencies in difficult times while building a broader notion of what they are capable of.”

A Dark History: Vikings by M.J. Dougherty (Amber Books)
“In this accessible book, the whole narrative of the Viking story is examined from the 8th to the 11th century… Arranged thematically, this book examines the Norsemen from exploration to religion to trade to settlement to weaponry to kingdoms to their demise and legacy.”

We are grateful to the three publishers of these books for kindly donating them as prizes in this competition.

About the author

Hat wearer, recovering editor and now CEO & Founder of We Are Futureproofs, John Pettigrew has over 15 years of experience in educational, illustrated and academic publishing, and a history of successful print and digital product development.

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