Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Coming Soon to a Bookstore Near You!
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.