With RT and other posts, I’ve gotten a little behind in explaining my outside editing process so today I plan to catch up.
First, I should make mention that in between each of these “stages” I read the book.
Anyway, today I’m talking about sending it off to be edited. I have to admit my relationship with my editor is very unique. I asked her to write up a little something to share with you all and she was gracious to do so:
I began my “career” by accident. I actually started as one of Rose’s beta readers. When our group began reading her books, she would ask specific questions about the story but also mentioned that we could comment on other discrepancies. I emailed her to ask for clarification about that because I am one of those people who notice most mistakes–specifically typos & content-related ones–and they drive me crazy. At that time, she had another editor, so she really only wanted story-related input. Well, a couple of books later, she asked me if I would be interested in proofing her next book. I think she got more than she bargained for. The document I sent back to her had been “corrected”, but not just for typos. I had fixed many of those along with changing a fair amount of wording and offering a range of other “helpful” suggestions (or as Rose refers to the process: “I went to town on it”). Unbeknownst to me, she and her editor had parted ways at about that same time, so I pretty much fell into this job and it’s been a very interesting endeavor. However, now when I find a character’s eye color has changed mid-book, I have no one to blame but myself!
I have to laugh and tell you all that she and I had a very “interesting” discussion regarding Edwina’s hair color! As for “going to town”, my jaw nearly hit the table when she sent me back the first set of edits she did and all along the edges of EVERY SINGLE PAGE there was a solid bar of blue and purple flags with more lines that a box of spaghetti pointing to the lines in the next–which meant she’d made corrections–moved this, added a comma, deleted a comma, changed a comma to a semi-colon, broke apart a sentence, corrected a typo, added a word, deleted a repeat or unnecessary word. Any little thing that’s done usually creates at least two flags so those side bars fill up FAST.