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Working with an E-Publisher The Final Steps #1

Working with an E-Publisher – The Final Steps #1

This is the next in the series of blog posts related to working with an E-Publisher. The process has reached the production and printing stage after thirty-one months. The final stages revolve around entering the proof reading changes, reviewing the block design proofs for the cover and inside of the book, reviewing and accepting the proof reader’s changes, another review of the text and cover to make sure everything is correct, accepting the final cover and inside designs, indexing, reviewing and approving the index, and final review of the Galley Proof for problems. I am required to accept and sign off on each step.

The ‘quality edit’, which was performed on the last version of the manuscript was submitted after corrections were made, along with a corrected version of the text that would be printed on the back of the book. This is the version that was submitted for layout to fit the 6×9 format plan for the finished book. Once formatted, the block design proofs were reviewed by a proof reader. The book cover was also designed and my suggested text was polished. Once complete, the inside block design proof, proof reader’s corrections, and cover design were sent back in PDF format.

When the PDF files with the block designs for the inside matter and the cover were received, I also received a list of the proof reader’s findings and had to review and accept each suggested change. Each change was listed on a form which was indexed by the page number, the paragraph number, the sentence number, along with the suggested correction and a reason for the change. That file, along with the accepted changes were sent back to the publisher, the changes were made, and the PDF files were sent back for my review. Any changes that I felt still needed to be made were entered on a form in the same manner as the proof reader had provided.

I received the PDF files of the cover and inside matter once again. This time, I needed to verify that the final changes I wished to be made, had been made correctly. Once again, I needed to state explicitly that the changes had been made as requested. Following that acceptance e-mail, and before the process of set up and printing could move forward, I officially signed off on the block designs. The publisher can get on with the remainder of the process now that my approvals are official.

I’ll describe the remainder of my experiences as my project moves toward the final published work. However, before this post concludes, there are a few important reminders.

· The publisher provides support all along the way, but the author bears responsibility for the quality of the final product.

· The amount of support from the publisher depends on the publishing package you purchase. Make sure you know what services to expect based on the package purchased.

· Make sure you review your manuscript carefully at each step of the process. If you are less than diligent in your review, costly and embarrassing mistakes are inevitable.

· Use the best writing support available. These include a top quality word processor and a quality grammar checking service. I used Word 2013, Grammarly (available at www.grammarly.com ), and also a high quality text-to-voice software package. As stated in an earlier post, the text-to-voice software allows the author to step back from his work and be objectively critical, listen to the rhythm of the language, and listen for the clarity of meaning in the language written for others to read.

· Always save backup copies of your work.

Until the next post, your faithful blogger, L Alan Weiss (Larry) – Author of Through a Lens of Emptiness.

www.lensofemptiness.com Release date TBA

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The Editing Cycle Continues

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.

Until then,

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.

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