I know many of you are interested in the actual process of preparing a book for publication. You'll recall that I did edits in September. Those were strictly from my brilliant editor, Erica. Once those were finished, she dropped Para off for copy edits. Last Friday I got a big, fat package in the mail that was my manuscript, complete with copy edits and a few last line edits Erica had added.
Right now I'm going through and checking each of the copy edits. Most of them are great (apparently I have a love affair with "of" that my copy editors don't share...every time I see another one they've taken out I cringe in embarrassment), but there have been a few things that I don't agree with. And here's the really scary part for me...
I "stet" them. Which means, after the copy editor's hard, hard work, I go to the margins and saying, sorry, I don't agree with this change. And the weirdest part?
It feels weird to me still, and I honestly feel guilty overriding their changes, but I haven't had to quibble over much. Copy editors? Seriously amazing. And the whole process is so fun and wonderful I'm having a blast.
Of course, I might need to take a break as soon as I finish going over the changes. Last night I had a dream that Barbie was coming out with a new Stay at Home Mom Barbie (TM)* and that my publisher asked me to write a nonfiction book about being a mom (using the Barbie as a metaphor throughout)--for teens. They even had the cover all planned out: a banana. I don't even want to go into what that image might have meant in my subconscious.
In fact, I'm still not sure what any of it meant. All I know is that I agreed and had a killer opening already planned. So, Erica, if you guys need that book? Give me a call. In the meantime, I've got more edits to look over.
*I thought of it first, Mattel.