At the time of my last post I was putting the finishing touches on my manuscript before sending it back for the final phase of editing. This is the phase where the editorial service checks over text that was added or modified according to the suggestions made in phase two of the process. I completed my work on the manuscript and submitted it last week. There are a few observations I would like to share with whomever is following this saga.
1. The editorial service did an excellent job making sure the format of the work complied with the Chicago Manual of style. In the process they also corrected some minor errors in punctuation had missed.
2. They also did a good job of pointing out one repetition in content and several missing endnote citations where I had just placed single words to indicate the content missing but never entered the info. They also indicated a few small gaps in the parallel form of the chapters and sections where I had omitted some sentences of introduction.
3. The editor added a system of numbers that made it easier for the reader, and the author to cross reference info between chapters.
4. The editor did not point out problems with the flow of language that remained. That was my job. I think it unreasonable for an editor to make those suggestions, which would be an intervention beyond their ken.
You may recall that I was setting out to listen to the entire manuscript once more before submission using my trusty text to voice application. That process proves to be important. As I said previously, the text to voice method of review allows the writer to stand back and judge language usage and the rhythm and flow of sentences and paragraphs. I use this method because of being moderately dyslexic, but I recommend it to all who write. A manuscript of 66000 words takes several days to listen to.
I anxiously await feedback from the editorial staff. It should be complete in another week or so. I’ll keep you all up to date.
L Alan Weiss (I thought it appropriable to use my pen name from now on. I hope no one finds this pretentious, but I need to get used to it myself.)
PS One of these days I’ll write about the costs involved. That’s an important aspect of this process.