Monday, October 3, 2011
Revisions, Copy-Editing and all that Jazz
A Bigga Mess
Closing in on last tweaks before the book is set in galleys (pages that look like book pages.) Bigga mess on desk. It has gone something like this, over the past two years:
Write several drafts, submit to editor, receive feedback; revise, resubmit, feedback, tweaking. Ms. 'approved' and goes to copy editor and then comes back to me with questions. Fix it, resubmit, a few more tweaks, off it goes again to be set in galleys.
[Meanwhile: begin first draft of next book.]
Meanwhile: talks with editor regarding cover art and interior art (that begins shortly after editor first sees manuscript, and is ongoing until book is ready for publication.)
Next: first-pass galleys will arrive in a month or two and we'll all (me, editor, etc.) proofread. Tweak. Fix.
While we're doing that, marketing and publicity and sales departments are ramping up with their expertise.
Then: second-pass galleys arrive; proofread, tweak, fix.
[Meanwhile: continue writing drafts of next book.]
Sometimes another final pass (of first book) comes to me.
Final art arrives.
Advance review copies are printed (up to four or five months in advance of publication).
[Finish next book drafts; submit to editor; receive feedback; revise . . .]
About eleven months from now: publication day of the book that's the bigga mess on desk above.
Soon I will disclose the . . . title.