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geog.123 3rd edition

Writing geog.123 by RoseMarie Gallagher

Ever wondered how a book is written?
RoseMarie Gallagher – one of the authors of
geog.123 – explains the process.

Writing geog.123 by RoseMarie Gallagher

Ever wondered how a book is written?
RoseMarie Gallagher – one of the authors of
geog.123 – explains the process.

Writing for geog.123 is a joy – most of the time!

Deciding on the overall shape of the book is usually fairly quick, in consultation with my editor at OUP, Richard (my brilliant partner in this project), and a small group of teachers who act as advisors, and provide excellent advice.

Next comes the research phase. Research can be lengthy and intensive for some topics: China springs to mind. But it is fascinating to build up a picture of a country, with the help of a small number of reference books and dozens of websites. I stumble upon some great stories, like the description of a village commune still operating today, very much as during the Great Leap Forward.

After research, the pain of indecision: all this lovely material, and most of it has to go! What aspects should we cover in the book? It’s back to my editor, and Richard, and my teacher advisers for lengthy and sometimes agonising discussions.

In time the fog clears, and the outlines of a chapter emerge. And now the serious crafting begins. The material has to be shaped to fit into double-page spreads, allowing plenty of room for photos and illustrations. This means cutting, cutting, and more cutting of text, and working closely with the page designer.

Specifying and choosing photos is fun. Briefing for maps and other illustrations is very intensive work – the devil is in the detail.

Seeing proofs with all the visuals in place is a thrill. Even then, more tweaking is done: changing text and questions in response to maps and photos, for example. But finally the deadline arrives. Tweaking time over. The files fly off to the printer, through the ether. And a few weeks later the postman delivers my first copy of the book.