Welcome to the Acme Miracle Editorial Version Tracking Process, designed to create the maximum possible editorial confusion while keeping the content as far from completion as possible. As used by civil servants.
2. When it’s edited (again), create a relative qualifier. ‘New final’, as opposed to ‘old final’.
3. Move on to the ‘final FINAL’.
4. Then the ‘new final FINAL’.
5. Then the ‘updated new final FINAL.’
6. Decide the ‘old updated new final FINAL’ is better after all.
7. Ignore the ‘last modified’ date and send one of them randomly to the publisher.
8. Discover they typeset the wrong version, decide to edit one into the other.
9. Make changes. Tell the publisher that’s it.
10. Make more changes. Tell the publisher it’s just two or three little fixes.
11. Look at dozens of random pages, finding something to change every time, each of which is the ‘very last’. Send them, individually, to the publisher at erratic intervals.
12. On receiving the printed copy, open the document. Spot something. Time for a second edition. Go back to (1).
Now, I made this up for laughs…but I have a horrible feeling that it happens, in Dilbertian offices. I hope I’m wrong about that.
Copyright © Matthew Wright 2013