donderdag 2 september 2010

I am impressed with my publisher

I'm impressed with my publisher. Here are some of the things they did for my manuscript. Shares your if you'd like.
My new book is due out in Feb from St. Martin's. I am so impressed with their attention to the manuscript. 
1. The editor gave me comments during the early rewrites. It was like going to graduate school and the topic is you, and how to make you a better writer. 
2. Three months later, I go in to the mandatory legal review. This involved three two-hour sessions page-by-page thru my manuscript with their outside law firm. Intense. Not a lot of casual conversation. The focus of their questions are-- is that person dead or alive? What is the soruce of their quote? If I interviewed the person, did I have a permission? 
3. Next came the line edit. FedEx delivers to me a copy of the 536 page manuscript marked up by the line editor. With teeny marks made in red pencil, I count roughly 5.000 typos, grammatical and punctuation mistakes corrected by my line editor. At least 500 queries are written in the margin for the au -- for me, the author -- to answer. 
.... the one thought going thru my mind is that all authors, self-published or otherwsie, need this level of discipline.

Douglas Keeney in een LinkedIn discussiegroep.

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