Although this inevitability made my first few weeks somewhat nerve-racking, it’s also a sign of the degree of responsibility interns at Island Press are granted. That's not to say that interns are left without guidance. I've learned more from our Senior Production Editor and the rest of the team in the first month than I thought possible, and I continue to learn every day.
Island Press has given me an exciting and thorough introduction into the world of publishing. Over the course of my internship, I have become intimately familiar with the production process, from transmittal to printing. I've learned proofreaders' marks and how to navigate the Chicago Manual of Style. I now catch errors that I never would have noticed before my internship at IP.
I'm not sure I'll ever be able to read another book without noticing an errant comma or missing apostrophe or misplaced page number, but I'll also never be able to read another book without being reminded of the team of editors, proofreaders, typesetters, cover designers, and even interns who got that book as close to perfect as possible.