Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Book Is Moving Along

As we walk through the process.

My book got out of Copyediting yesterday with 16 corrections or adjustments if you will that I had to make decisions on. These don't include all the changes in capitalization, punctuation, grammar, spelling, and word choice mistakes. Quite an interesting process. I got the manuscript back with page by page and line by line notations of what they corrected, what they deleted, and what they added that I missed.

When I wrote the manuscript I used Word spell check and this company, being a professional book publisher, blew Word spell check right out of the water. They use what's called the Chicago Manual of Style and every page had corrections. Kind of makes spell check look bad. 

The corrections were made and the manuscript was forwarded to the graphics department.

The next step is the cover graphics. I'll be working on that this coming week with my contact in that department.

One note for those who have followed this blog for any length of time, some of the material in the book you've already seen and a lot you haven't, so don't be surprised.



  1. I plan on picking it up once it is ready for sure.

  2. Mark I need to get in touch with you.
    I have some questions.
    email me

  3. Thanks, Mark, for the update on your book! Looking forward to the day I have it before me to read!

  4. That has to be pretty exciting Mark.

  5. Mark
    Looking forward to an edition--thanks for the update

  6. Nice to get some insight in what the editorial process is like. Sounds like your well on your way. Congrats!

  7. Mark, you have found what I've told many a new reporter (and job applicants)...don't trust any computer word processor's spell/grammar check to catch everything. But word choice is tricky. I believe that the hardest thing to do is write what you want the reader to read, but in doing so understanding that the reader doesn't have your knowledge, or frame of reference. I’m looking forward to the end result of your work.