Late last year, we had an outside editor prepare an evaluation of the project to date. The document that came back indicated that the manuscript was in decent shape. With some copy editing to catch spelling, grammar and consistency errors, things should be good to go.
While welcome news, it came as a bit of a surprise. I had expected to get more detailed feedback pointing out inconsistencies or structural issues that needed to be addressed. There was no doubt in my mind that another round of editing would be needed before the “final” draft was sent off for editing.
But then it was time to put things on hold and enjoy the warm, rainy weather of Mexico.
Upon return, a call came in asking if I would mind speaking with a colleague. She was preparing a report on “what to look for in an editor” and needed a test subject to interview. Little did I now that the interview wold lead to a new arrangement that has worked out well for us both.
Since early January, Lizabet from WORDcredible has been poring over the words of Draft #6, finding all sorts of silly mistakes and possibilities for improvement. It’s forcing another look with new eyes, which is most welcome.
During this process, work has begun on the interior layout of the book, and we continue to make progress on illustrations. Next up will be a search for a printing partner and formatting for the eBook.
By the end of this process, we may just be ready for publication!