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Robo Help: Oral History to Book - How much editing (65* d) RE: Help: Oral History to Book - How much editing 01 May 00

Kat . . . It can be a tough go. A couple of thoughts: Keep in mind that having the original tape is an incredible treasure. Protect it at all costs. It preserves the story as well as the teller in a natural state. Publishing the text of that material present a certain challenge, as reading the material is a different experience than hearing it. Where the ear can be forgiving, the eye is a less indulgent filter. You may well have to tighten up the language/text and grammar somewhat to improve the flow and prevent extra words and tangents from getting in the way of the story and the information being shared. As an editor, I find the challenge is to preserving the speaker's style, tone and expression while maintaining/improving the readability of the message. It may take several slow edits, starting with cutting some of those 'ands' and such and dividing up some run-ons. Good editing will enhance the experience, not detract from it. You don't want to polish away the speaker, but you do want to ensure the story shines.

Good luck with this project; I'm sure you'll find it very worthwhile.


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