Thursday, June 23, 2011

L'Editrice becomes Les Editrices!

I'm thrilled to announce that my editorial staff is growing--in fact, doubling in size! Stephanie Wardach has joined my team to offer her copyediting expertise (and may be doing developmental editing in the near future as well). Here's what Stephanie has to say about her background:

"While I work full-time as an advertising content manager, I have also done freelance copyediting for nearly 7 years. My experience has encompassed a wide range of topics and genres including scholarly articles and dissertations, technical product manuals, and sci-fi/fantasy novels. My most recent project was copyediting and indexing a collection of essays titled Fashion and Film, published by Indiana University Press. In addition, I am currently enrolled in the School of Continuing and Professional Studies at NYU to expand on my current knowledge of copyediting and the publishing process."

So happy to have you aboard, Stephanie!

Sometime soon I will be making further changes to the website to reflect this exciting development . . . and others, so stay tuned.

- L'Editrice originale : )

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Are all true bookworms introverts?

This is re-posted [with modifications] from a blog I read (whose author re-posted it from someone else's blog . . . so who knows what the original source is), but I thought it articulated a lot of my personality well. Good to know there are others out there like me (though I guess we're all reading at home instead of going out and that's why we don't find each other)!

"Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk.
This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.

"Myth #2 – Introverts are shy.
Shyness has nothing to do with being an Introvert. Introverts are not necessarily afraid of people. What they need is a reason to interact. They don’t interact for the sake of interacting. If you want to talk to an Introvert, just start talking. Don’t worry about being polite.

"Myth #3 – Introverts are rude.
Introverts often don’t see a reason for beating around the bush with social pleasantries. They want everyone to just be real and honest. Unfortunately, this is not acceptable in most settings, so Introverts can feel a lot of pressure to fit in, which they find exhausting.

"Myth #4 – Introverts don’t like people.
On the contrary, Introverts intensely value the few friends they have. They can count their close friends on one hand. If you are lucky enough for an introvert to consider you a friend, you probably have a loyal ally for life. Once you have earned their respect as being a person of substance, you’re in.

"Myth #5 – Introverts don’t like to go out in public.
Nonsense. Introverts just don’t like to go out in public FOR AS LONG. They also like to avoid the complications that are involved in public activities. They take in data and experiences very quickly, and as a result, don’t need to be there for long to 'get it.' They’re ready to go home, recharge, and process it all. In fact, recharging is absolutely crucial for Introverts."

[Note from L'Editrice: Actually, I really love going out and doing things, they're just not the things that most social people are interested in--and I'm perfectly happy being on my own or with just one other person when I'm out and about.]

"Myth #6 – Introverts always want to be alone.
Introverts are perfectly comfortable with their own thoughts. They think a lot. They daydream. They like to have problems to work on, puzzles to solve. But they can also get incredibly lonely if they don’t have anyone to share their discoveries with. They crave an authentic and sincere connection with ONE PERSON at a time.

"Myth #7 – Introverts are weird.
Introverts are often individualists. They don’t follow the crowd. They’d prefer to be valued for their novel ways of living. They think for themselves and because of that, they often challenge the norm. They don’t make most decisions based on what is popular or trendy.

"Myth #8 – Introverts are aloof nerds.
Introverts are people who primarily look inward, paying close attention to their thoughts and emotions. It’s not that they are incapable of paying attention to what is going on around them, it’s just that their inner world is much more stimulating and rewarding to them.

"Myth #9 – Introverts don’t know how to relax and have fun.
Introverts typically relax at home or in nature, not in busy public places. Introverts are not thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies. If there is too much talking and noise going on, they shut down. Their brains are too sensitive to the neurotransmitter called Dopamine. Introverts and Extroverts have different dominant neuro-pathways. Just look it up.

"Myth #10 – Introverts can fix themselves and become Extroverts.
A world without Introverts would be a world with few scientists, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers, doctors, mathematicians, writers, and philosophers. That being said, there are still plenty of techniques an Extrovert can learn in order to interact with Introverts. (Yes, I reversed these two terms on purpose to show you how biased our society is.) Introverts cannot 'fix themselves' and deserve respect for their natural temperament and contributions to the human race. In fact, one study (Silverman, 1986) showed that the percentage of Introverts increases with IQ."