Author Archives: Nathalie Marcus

About Nathalie Marcus

Nathalie Marcus is a bilingual (French and English) editorial consultant for print books, ebooks, and audiobooks. As an audiobook producer, she finds the voice actors to narrate the books, sets the production schedules, and oversees the postproduction and auditing (quality assurance) of the final products. She holds a PhD in French literature from the University of Virginia.

Four Versions of Bourbon for Breakfast!

9781621290759_frontcoverInvisible Order is pleased and honored to have been involved in the production of all four versions of LFB’s new edition of Jeffrey A. Tucker’s Bourbon for Breakfast.

Four versions, you say?

Yes, four versions! This great collection of essays is available not only in a paperback edition but also as an eBook, a multimedia eBook (with videos of the author), and an audiobook narrated by Steven Ng.

And all four versions are in the top-five LFB bestsellers!

Invisible Order worked on all three text versions (eBook, paper, and multimedia) and also helped produce Steven Ng’s audio version (using our “editing” ears instead of pens).

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New Release: Humane and Pro-Growth

Invisible Order is excited to announce the release of our latest project. We had the thrill of working on Reason‘s new ebook, Humane and Pro-Growth: A Reason Guide to Immigration Reform (edited by Shikha Dalmia). This collection of articles is an essential read for those thinking about —and rethinking — the current immigration debate.

We have a choice between raising the barricades further and ejecting people already here or moving toward a more open system that allows people to move about freely. This collection from Reason features the work of journalists, policy experts, and academics. It advances an informed discussion about realistic and workable reforms appropriate to America’s self-understanding as a Land of Immigrants.

Humane and Pro-Growth is available for Kindle, iPad, and Nook.

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Who Do You Need to Read Your Manuscript?

Someone recently asked me the difference between a reader and an editor, and the question forced me to think through some distinctions that have become fuzzier as publishing has changed over the last few decades.

A reader is someone who reads through your manuscript and gives you feedback on content — where the story or argument works, where it doesn’t, what isn’t clear. A reader can also be an expert on the subject covered in the book (or article), who can help the author or the publisher find factual errors in content or refine the argument. The key word here is feedback — the reader does not fix your manuscript.

What many new authors think of as the role of the editor, in so far as it still exists today, is really divided into at least three parts (if not four or five). You might think the editor is the person who reviews and sends comments about a manuscript, but in fact these days an editor is more likely to be the person who manages a publication, deciding what pieces go in a collection, what book goes under which imprint, what articles to include in a magazine issue or a newspaper, etc. Continue reading

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New Freeman article: “Culture in a Cage”

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What happens when the state tries to control culture and education — whether by isolating a “primitive” tribe from the dangers of modern civilization or by ripping children away from their tribal cultures to protect them from their parents’ traditions?

See our own Mike Reid’s article “Culture in a Cage” at the Freeman for an anthropologist’s analysis of government’s war on culture.

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All Hands on Deck

Monday, March 4, was National Grammar Day, and to celebrate Grammarly.com held a photo contest to capture the best (and most hilarious) grammar errors that litter our semantic landscape.

Here’s our favorite, slightly augmented:

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Editing for Liberty #14: A Whale of an Error

Spot the Error

  1. Insurance companies must compete for clients, while the client must bare the fiscal responsibility of his actions.
  2. Whaling is still as prevalent today as anytime in history, due to the close cultural and religious associations the fish has with various indigenous groups of Ainu, Inuit, and the Basque people of the Bay of Biscay.
  3. Obama seems hell bent on expanding the US welfare state at any cost, and of course no welfare state debate is complete without bringing up the Scandinavian countries as the perfect example of massive statism bringing prosperity.
  4. But mass production, if applied to anything beyond the simplest kind of article, depends not only on division of labor and multiple operations, but also on uniformly accurate, interchangeable parts.

Read on for the solutions! Continue reading

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Editing for Liberty #13: Fixing Common Mistakes in Optical Character Recognition

This week I worked on a couple of classic books that were converted from scans or old PDFs using optical character recognition (OCR). OCR is the computerized process that “reads” an image of a text and outputs actual machine-encoded text that can be republished in a new format.

OCR is what allows us to take a faded old manuscript, rescue the text, and make a sleek new ebook out of it. But the process is far from perfect.
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Editing for Liberty #12: Electrical Bill

Can You Spot the Error?

  1. I have to pay the electrical bill.
  2. Each of these policies came out of the idea that society could and should be engineered from the top-down to give rise to efficiency, community, and prosperity.
  3. The correspondence between three factors of production . . . as taught by the classical economists is untenable.

Read on for the solutions! Continue reading

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Editing for Liberty #9: The Dismal Science

Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881)

Can You Spot the Error?

  1. I spent all of Saturday in the tub, reading a historic romance about a Spanish pirate and a Dutch duchess.
  2. Economics’s reputation as a “dismal science” can be traced back to Thomas Carlyle.
  3. He was friendly, but he remained apart, aloof … an outsider.

Read on for the solutions!
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Editing for Liberty #8: Prefixes, Ellipses — and Squirrels?

Can You Spot the Error?

  1. I hope the book serves to help turn the tide against the destructive antihuman-progress thinking so prevalent in today’s world.
  2. Jon and Mark . . . found a box! . . . Jon had nothing to say about it.
  3. Enjoyment is not as an important function for courting as it is for dating.

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