The middle of the week again. I look forward to Wednesdays. I know what I have to do before Friday afternoon when I close shop. I will be busy until then. I’ve already told the authors at Mantle Rock Publishing that I’ll be silent for the next few days.
Somehow along the way we got behind in our editing. I’m not blaming either editor, but it seems we did. One reason is I have not scheduled correctly. I didn’t give each editor enough time between books. I’ll take the blame. My daughter/cover designer/formatter came up with a great program that schedules our books for us. Our authors have no idea how we schedule, but we do have a schedule for each phase of the book publishing process. It’s sort of like Dominoes. When one piece falls, they all do. This has put us drastically behind in our production. This is life, and we’re dealing with it.
We have three editing processes, a content editor, a line editor, and me. Each editor does her job and sends it to the next one. I’m the last one to get the manuscript and I’m probably the most vicious. I don’t murder your baby, I give it a face lift. I’ve been accused of murdering manuscripts or babies before. The book was much better after the face lift.
One thing we see with new authors is the way they want to tell everything at once. It doesn’t have to be. You can tell something when it needs to be told, or leave some of it out completely. If it doesn’t move the story, it doesn’t need to be there. If the content editor doesn’t catch the telling, it isn’t the line editors job to catch it. It falls to me and I do know how to use Track Changes. I will “red” the manuscript up. Ask some of our authors and they’ll tell you.
Why do I want the book to be perfect? First, this is my company and you represent my company. If it is a sloppy book, it reflects on our publishing company. Second, your book won’t sell if it is not written well. That’s why we tell everyone to study the craft. We don’t know everything about writing when we first begin to write. Read about characters, plot, POV, go to conferences, meet other authors, and everything you can. You will be a better writer.
I’ve noticed several writers lately beginning a sentence with “so.” That annoys me when I read it. I feel a more mature writer would not start several sentences in a row with “so.” They know more about sentence structure. You have to think when you write. It’s not putting words on paper to see how many you can get. It is putting words on paper that makes a reader want to turn the page. It’s being knowledgeable on how to write. It’s being conscious about what you write.
I love writing, and I love reading. I love reading and writing good books. Have a blessed day.