Being an author isn’t all Wine and Roses. Once you’ve written the book and edited it a dozen times then sold it, the work isn’t over.
That’s why authors survive on chocolate and coffee!
Structural Edit — This is where the editor looks at the flow of the narrative, suggesting changes to improve pacing and the over all story arc, if needed. Which means rewriting for the author.
Line Edit — This is where your editor picks up little things like clumsy sentences and errors like someone drinking a glass of wine twice. Which means rewriting.
Proof Edit — This is where another person (a proof editor with a meticulous eye for detail) goes over the manuscript and corrects tiny errors that you and your editor have missed because you’ve been concentrating on the larger picture. For instance in my new series King Rolen’s Kin we had to decide which words to give capitals and then make sure this was consistent.
Reading and approving the Proof Edits — This is exactly what it sounds like.
Writing the Blurb — this is really hard. And often the publisher uses this as a starting point for the blurb which may end up looking nothing like the one you came up with.
Writing the Author Bio — harder than you think.
Coming up with the Maps — If you have maps and many fantasy books do, this can take time to get right.
But there is also fun stuff like suggesting ideas for the cover and approving the cover. Sometimes, if you have several contracts for books, you’ll be doing several of the above things on different books, while writing the first draft of another book.
Over the last month the ROR team has been busy.
Marianne has seen the cover of ‘Transformation Space’, book four of the Sentients of Orion series. Plus she’s been redrafting book two of the Tara Sharp series.
Tansy has seen the cover of ‘Power and Majesty’, book one of the Creature Court series. Plus she’s been writing the first draft of book two.
Trent has been doing the copy edits of ‘Death most Definite’ book one of the Death Works series. Plus he’s been writing book three of the series.
Richard has just handed in ‘Liberator’, book two of his YA series, Plus he’s had good news on book one, ‘WORLDSHAKER’ has been shortlisted for the Ethel Turner Prize for YA Fiction in the NSW Premiers Literary Awards. Yay Richard!
Rowena has done the line edit on all three books of the King Rolen’s Kin series and seen the covers. Plus she’s been trying to write a completely new book in a new series.
Margo has been touring the world swanning around enjoying the success of her YA book ‘Tender Morsels’. Go Margo! Plus she’s been gathering ideas for her next book.
Maxine has been working on a book for the next ROR, while slipping away to ride her horse.
Dirk has been working on a book for the next ROR, while writing an opera libretto.
So you see the writing never stops even when you are not actually at your computer keyboard.
As they say on Mythbusters, between us we have over 70 years experience in the publishing industry, so we’re going to turn comments over to you guys. Do you have any questions?