I can’t believe I’m about to say it, but – I have all the deadly, short term deadlines met. All of them. How about that!
And, I actually have something to post about today – a comment that came from my yahoo site about the compassion of editors, or lack thereof. It was very tongue in cheek and started by my observation that a certain developmental editor (book doctor) was very OC. One of the members asked what that what meant, another member said it (hopefully) meant overly compassionate.
For the purpose of this blog:
OC – obsessive compulsive, a very good trait in an editor.
AR – anal retentive, a difficult trait in an editor as they can [...]
Continue reading masochist, OC editors, rewrites, and days off
I am getting ready for a road trip—really digging in to finish deadlines before I take off for 3 weeks on the road. And the editor keeps dumping page proofs on me. Things not on my schedule. Okay, I should have figured out that I would be getting them, but … well … I didn’t. It has been a while since I had a hard-soft deal—or in this case a trade-soft deal, and I forgot that the book had to be re-typeset for the mass-market issue.
For the newbies here, page proofs (galleys, etc.) are the pages from the printer after it has been typeset. It is the last possible moment for a writer to find typos, missing paragraphs (yeah, sometimes a typesetter will miss stuff) inverted sentences, and other horrors before readers see it. A hard-soft [...]
Continue reading The S&M of Publishing
In case you haven’t gotten it yet, the life of a writer isn’t all bon-bons and big checks and champaign parties in New York City at the publisher’s. Between’s David’s worry about his fab urban fantasy that hasn’t yet sold, to Catie’s revelation during an impossible writing schedule, to, well, this post, I say, “It ain’t easy.”
No. It is work. And impossible schedules. And rewrites from hell.
I am in the middle of one such rewrite. The rewrite sucks so badly it makes me scream. But I know that the editor (with whom I’ve worked for a number of years and 8[?] books) is right about all her suggested changes. All 5 pages, single-spaced, changes.
And? Right [...]
Continue reading The Creative Process. Right Now? It Sucks.