Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You!

How do I love you? Let me count the ways.

I have read and re-read and read again Hooked about a gazillion times.  Don't think a book gets read a million times before it gets published? Think again. 

First there are just general edits from your publisher.  We'll call them the "big edits"--like, change the ending, add/delete a character or plotline, move a chapter, completely rewrite a chapter or, at times, start over.  Then there are line edits, where an awesomely skilled editor who you're lucky enough to love and adore, goes over your beloved manuscript, line by line, looking for errors, clunky word choices, paragraphs that don't make sense.  Next, a rockin' copyeditor combs your baby, looking for punctuation errors, word choices (e.g. blond vs. blonde), and just general mayhem.  Each time it's edited, you get it back to make sure you agree with edits and you shake your hand, wondering why you forgot the blond vs. blonde rule or those dang comma rules.  Then you get to proof it one final time.  And you take a big huge gulp of air because that means it's only a matter of time when your book that you wrote four years ago and rewrote at least five times before it was even lucky enough to get picked up by a major publisher and get edited a half dozen times is finally going to hit the shelves in less than six months.

It's a labor of love.  Deep breaths.

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It'll be all right!

Karen Walker said...

So so exciting, Liz.
Karen

jblynn said...

Keep on breathing. This is an exciting time!

Renae McKenzie said...

It's clocked up some mileage before its even left the lot! ;-)

LD Masterson said...

And you send your child out into the world.

Bonnie Regan said...

It'll all be worth it in the end! :)

raelynbarclay said...

Yet so exciting! Keep breathing. Can't wait for it Liz :)

Caitlin YA Bookworm said...

Yay! Great News!!

LTM said...

It never seems to end, yes? I'm just starting this process w/my adult titles. Just finished it w/the new YA. It's so important not to skip these steps, though!

Can't wait to read your book! It looks fab~ :o) <3

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi, liz,


YAY.... the clock ticks to the countdown... CONGRATS!

I am on my final edit before sending my ms out into the query world. EEEK!

ANd the process begins ....

Trisha said...

Yikes. Yeah, and I think draft #5 of a NON-queried book is impressive. haha

Danette said...

Congrats... and by the way, I don't think all books get that treatment anymore so I think you're lucky if you're getting it. I've seen too many books with very blatant errors- and that includes big names!