Wednesday, June 17, 2009

A Sneak Peek into WLP: Our Editorial Team

Hello everybody. It is foggy and overcast today here in Chicago. We are looking forward to summer actually arriving here, with at least a string of days filled with sunshine . . . wait and see.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing a sneak peek into WLP with you. I do this with an enormous sense of pride. I have worked here for nearly ten years, nine as worship resources editor and just over a year as associate publisher. The people with whom I work and have the privilege of leading are a group of talented and dedicated professionals. 

Today I would like to introduce you to our editorial team. Pictured here are all but four members of that team. 

Pictured here front row from left to right are:
Maria Elena Rodriguez, Christine Krzystofczyk, Keith Kalemba.
And back row from left to right are:
Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson, Alan Hommerding, Ron Rendek, Mary Brewick, Marcia Lucey, and Mike Novak.

We have one part-time editor, Norma Garcia:

We also have three editors who telecommute. 
Ed Bolduc, who lives in the Atlanta area, is pictured here:

Tom Strickland, who lives in the Denver area, is pictured here:

Peter Kolar, who lives in El Paso, is pictured here on a recent visit to the "home office" with his wife Marianna, and their beautiful daughter Chloe:

What exactly do editors do? I have been asking myself that same question . . . just kidding! 

The music editors' work includes: reviewing new music submissions; collaborating closely with music engravers in creating new octavos (choral music) and revising reprinted octavos as necessary; working with the engravers to create hymnal versions of hymns and songs; editing song books, music books scored for a variety of instruments; editing  the music placed in hymnals and the music sections of our various worship resources. Their work also includes collaborating closely with our recording artists on recording projects. Some of them spend time at recording venues, focusing on the recordings that are included in our Choral Subscription Service. They edit recordings by our various artists, as well as developing and nurturing relationships with artists, composers, and authors. 

Those who work with text and art accomplish a number of important tasks: constructing the Sunday and Weekday sections of our worship resources; working closely with various entities in Washington DC, including the Bishops' Committee on Divine Worship, the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, and ICEL (International Commission on English in the Liturgy). These editors are always busy ushering manuscripts through the "proofing" process. They also work closely with the designers in our art department to choose worthy cover and interior art for their projects. These editors are responsible for creating AIM Magazine, Pastoral Patterns Magazine, as well as special J. S. Paluch parish bulletins. As a matter of fact, much of the work done in the editorial department here at WLP is closely related to the work of our parent company, J. S. Paluch. These editors receive original artwork for bulletins, working closely with the artists. We do not publish a large quantity of books, but when we do, these editors edit and manage those book projects. Some of our editors are responsible for the various art books that we have published over the years. Last year I believe we published about five books, and three of those five were among award-winners announced by the Catholic Press Association. You can see why I am so proud of this group of editors, led by our director of publications, Mary Beth Kunde-Anderson.

These are just some of the people who work so hard for you, the singing and praying Church. If there is anything we can do to serve you better, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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