Today was indeed a special day. When I logged into my file on the publisher web site, and looked at the tag ‘book status’, I saw the words ‘in production.’ Those words mark the beginning of the end of a pathway I entered on the 29th day of May in 2012, when I purchased my publishing package. Writing a book is truly a long and winding road.
This is a short post to inform whom ever follows these posts, that Through a Lens of Emptiness will soon be a reality. The next step toward completion and publishing my project will be cover design approval. I’m leaving that up to the designers at the publisher, but I am certainly excited to see how it looks.
I have not revealed who I am working with yet, but will make that information public after the book goes live and is available in print. There is more to write about at that time regarding costs and the services provided.
Until next time . . .as always, you faithful blogger,
L Alan Weiss (Larry) – Author of Through a Lens of Emptiness
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.
The developmental editing process is about to begin. I do not mind saying that I enter into this arrangement with high hopes and a bit of skepticism, the hopeful me outweighing the skeptical me. My interaction with the individual who will advise and lead me through the development process has given me reason to be hopeful.
After receiving my first evaluation, I received an email from a consultant who would review the content of the evaluation report. He invested more than an hour in our conversation, which surprised the skeptical me. During our conversation I received encouragement and support for my efforts so far. His suggestions were insightful, practical, and sensible. The quality of our conversation suggested there would be a benefit to working through the development process with this individual.
I followed up our conversation with an email, in which I suggested some modification to the working title of the manuscript and the guiding concepts of my book to be. His response exceeded my expectations yet again. Not only was there evidence of significant reflection on my suggestions, but he went so far as make some useful suggestions, and impart a small but meaningful lesson on style. He may not perceive his comment as a mini lesson, but it caused me to look at my writing from a different perspective. Keep in mind, that I have not committed to paying for services related to developmental editing at this point, so there is no expectation of a commitment on my part. If his manner and depth of response to my suggestions are any indication of type of person he is to work with, then the relationship of writer to editor is certain to be a fruitful one.
In my next post, I plan to outline the development process as I understand it.