Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Congratulations! It sounds just right, which is hard to find in the work world.

Randy (Internet Ronin)

What Icepick said, with emphasis!!!!!!


Yeah, and the funny thing is, the camaraderie of copyeditors is a lot like that of auto mechanics. Real down-and-dirty shopfloor tradecraft, with its own lingo, like you're tinkering with a greasy engine. That's a part of it I love.


Congrats, Annie ... couldn't happen to a better person, writer, blogger, caregiver, etc., etc.

Richard Lawrence Cohen

Great gig! I'm not a copy editor, but if I were, I'd salivate for it.


I'm always glad when pleasant things happen to my friends.


I'm glad to be among your friends.

Theo Boehm

Congratulations, Annie. I second all the above motions.

It's funny, but my wife has been in exactly your position for a number of years now. She's a book editor—mostly foreign-language textbooks, but she ventures into other areas upon occasion—and has had to troll for jobs just as you describe. She has fairly regular work from her wonderful former boss who started a packaging house (a kind of book subcontractor), but it isn't enough.

My wife had a nice, 14-year in-house career, including 10 years at Houghton Mifflin, where she was a senior development editor. Two kids and getting stressed-out put an end to all that. So, she now does any kind of editorial work that comes her way, including copyediting and indexes. She's done a number of big book development projects, but she has the same relationship to that as you do to writing on demand. Lower-stress copyediting and production work suit her (our) circumstances better and do not drive her bonkers.

Anyway, greetings from a parallel universe. It's nice to know there's steady work out there and that you've found it!


Good to find a "been there, done that" in common!


Just saw this today, but heartfelt congratulations and wishes for all the best don't go stale.

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