Tuesday, May 19, 2009

publishing light bulb jokes

Andrew Wheeler has posted a whole list of publishing light bulb jokes over on his very excellent publishing blog. You'll have to visit him for the full list, but I've plagiarized some of my favorites:

Q: How many art directors does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Does it HAVE to be a lightbulb?

Q. How many editors does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A. Only one; but first they have to rewire the entire building.

Q. How many managing editors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. You were supposed to have changed that lightbulb last week!

Q. How many copyeditors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. The last time this question was asked, it involved managing editors. Is the difference intentional? Should one or the other instance be changed? It seems inconsistent.

Q. How many marketing directors does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. It isn't too late to make this neon instead, is it?

Q. How many writers does it take to change a lightbulb?
A. But why do we have to CHANGE it?

23 comments:

Rick Daley said...

Anyone know how many agents it takes?

moonrat said...

only one, but apparently they collect 15% of the light let off by the bulb over its lifetime.

Ello said...

Hey these are at least nicer then the lawyer ones I always wince at!

Litgirl01 said...

So funny! Love the agent answer...LOL!

Being Beth said...

Those are funny, but the best one is the agent answer. LOL

Charles Gramlich said...

sort of like "Editors do it with Flair...tipped pens."

Rick Daley said...

moonrat, that was awesome!

How about this as another agent variation:

Only one, but ultimately the bulb was rejected because it wasn't the right fit for thier socket.

moonrat said...

hahahaha Rick that's good. (I didn't make "mine" up! So yours is better!)

Rick Daley said...

Thanks, I have my moments ;-)

This one was born of pure boredom. I'm at a trade show, and my kiosk is in the worst spot imaginable, and attendance is down 50% to boot. Hence the blogging / commenting. At least I have free wireless.

Only 3 hours to go. I'm thinking of starting my own write your @ss off day, because I was too busy to participate on Saturday.

WORD VERIFICATION: exisms. Little sayings that a former lover or spouse uttered to aggravate you.

JenniferWriter said...

HAHA I think my favorite is actually the art director. I've sat in on enough cover meetings in my past life as an EA to appreciate it.

Crystal Posey said...

You've been given an award!

BuffySquirrel said...

Oh, yes, fun today scrolling up through a document on the "was this hyphenated the last time the author used it?" hunt, then scrolling back down again while trying to hold the answer in my head.

Thanks for the laffs :).

The First Carol said...

Proof correction to RickDaley, it's write your @$$ off day ($$ not ss) and I promise not to say anything about 'their.' Sorry, born to proof read, newspapers play heavily in my background.

Speaking of newspapers...
Night cops reporter following up on a shooting: "Did they catch any of those guys?"

Day police reporter, "Just the dead one."

Moonrat, are you still speaking to me?

moonrat said...

of course, carol. you're my special spider chum. uh oh. why? whadja do?

The First Carol said...

Just my crazee prior post beggin' to tweet, you know, moonrat loves me. THAT.

moonrat said...

oh!! PLEASE tweet that. haha no such thing as bad publicity, is there?!

The First Carol said...

Okay, give me a minute. I'd LIKE to be clever, but mostly I'm just lame. Like, just yesterday...oh, you'll have to read it.

The First Carol said...

Okay, its a direct quote. Exactly. Nothing changed, altered or tweaked in my twitter.

Whirlochre said...

Writers can afford light bulbs?

Leigh Russell said...

Love the one about editors! ouch. And the exchange about agents. And - in fact, loved all of it. Good to start the day with a smile.

Justus M. Bowman said...

I liked that the joke about copy editors gave me a glimpse into their minds!

ElanaJ said...

LOL!

Anonymous said...

Agents? Two. One to plug in the bulb, and the other to try to take it if it gives off a lot of light.