If you’re a nursing student in the Philippines and you do not know Dr. Lydia Venzon, I pity you. No, really. It’s like a must that you know her because she is just one of the founding members of the largest nursing associations in the country. Plus, her three books (which I helped edit, btw. Ehehe.) are most probably your textbooks at school. Are these familiar? (They may look a little bit different because the new editions just got released.)
I get iffy whenever people ask me what my job is. And when I say I’m an assistant editor, they wow at me like it’s super cool (I’m not saying it’s not though). I’m just really not the kind of person who announces to everyone (personally, at least) what my job is and the kind of work I do. There are cons when I do, and I want my “personal writing life” to be set apart from my job. Do you get what I mean? Read more.
I know I sound so defensive in my introduction and digressed from the topic. Ha, that’s me being too guilty, righteous, inconsistent, chatty and whatnot. Do not get me wrong though, I love my job, especially my colleagues (I appreciated it more when I found two new friends who I am very close with right now), and yes, the respect I get whenever I say I AM AN ASSISTANT EDITOR.
I’ve been with C & E Publishing, Inc. for eight months already, and I still cannot believe that I got hired by the company and lasted this long. I did not have any editing and writing background when I applied, so it was totes a surprise that they accepted me. My first months were a whirl. Everything was new to me and I had a difficult time adjusting. On my first day, I had to study proofreading marks, editing, and Chicago style. The next morning, I was already given minor editor tasks. When the associate editor for allied health left, I had to temporarily take over and finish the projects. Boy was I overwhelmed of the amount of work. Just imagine reading a 300-page book for about two to three times, analyze, and correct the errors. That’s just for one project. Every month, we are required to transmit at least two titles, one if we’re lucky and if it’s not the peak season. I’m still in the same area. Do I have to say that I feel scared whenever a title/project is about to be published? Editors could be blamed for both minor and major errors in a book, and worse, sued, you know.
Just yesterday, we were asked to submit a report of the titles we accomplished last year. I was pretty surprised that I have actually accomplished 9 titles in just seven months. Woot woot! 🙂 Below are some of the titles (I will upload more later, my internet connection is getting into my nerves lately):
Just click the photo to enlarge. You can find them at any bookstore, particularly at C & E Bookshop located at Quezon Avenue. And if you feel like lounging there for a bit, you can grab a coffee or a bite at Dolcelatte just beside the bookshop. Come on, Starbucks is overrated, it’s about time you experience something new and definitely more delectable.
By the way, if you happen to come across these books and find errors, blame me. LOL, kidding. Feel free to e-mail me of your queries and corrections (perhaps) at firstname.lastname@example.org. Toodles! 🙂