FredS wrote: ↑
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:04 am
Tell us, if you're allowed, how it came about. Also, how long did this project take? I can't even . . .
Well, I had sabbatical time and we went to Italy for our honeymoon ( a couple years after the wedding-- saved up) and started looking at the book and fiddling with the LaTeX formatting of equations and figures-- learning some new and reviewing the methods.
So I reached out to the publisher and asked if they had an errata -- corrections on the original. They wrote back and said they didn't (after checking). I said this was really good but sure could use an update in modern formatting. They wrote back and said "yes, it could. Would you be interested?" and I wrote back and said "Yes, I believe I would."
They asked me to submit a CV and book proposal-- and they started asking around to universities, professors, or other contacts to see what the interest level would be. They came back after some time and said my proposal was accepted and sent me a contract to sign.
That was so smooth of an interaction... I'm still almost in disbelief.
So, weekends and sabbatical and evenings or mornings and printout and reviews against the original and line by line comparisons. It was a shock when I went through against the original and found I had skipped whole sections of a paragraph. So, yeah, it was a lot of typing... and many passes to see how aligned I was with different views-- print vs. electronic vs. electronic, etc. And then indexing
Which wasn't bad, just lengthy-- find the original location and imbed a reference in the source of LaTeX so when it compiled it could generate an index as well.
It was a lot of work... and then after final submission I set it all behind me so I wouldn't tweak what I had done. I did one small change between first submission and proof reader response-- I noticed other books had two "phi" for usage while I had done a single one like the original.
So I changed the variable into the
Also, they wanted figure descriptions-- so I had to figure what titles the figures ought to have. So there was a little back and forth but I was efficient. The proof reader only gave text change recommendations-- which means the original content was changed a little to current forms.
Probably more info than you meant but I really dove into the details and looked at figure placement and equation placements on the pages to make sure it was clean and smooth-- to my eyes. i had to make some compromises in some locations but I know my reasoning -- not that anyone might ask. ha!
Out of control odd rare old man (or possibly an hobbyist). -- Label by The Big R.
The 6s of 1st John:
2:6 Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus walked
3:6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning