Monday, November 13, 2017

If The Apocalypse Comes, Beep Me (An Editing Update)

Hey, y'all remember how, in my last post, I was all, "I actually like my manuscript!"

Well, you can relax. It's over now. There shall be no apocalypse today. (Or, if there is one, it's not my fault.)



Which is not to say that I hate my book. Because I don't. (Well, maybe on occasion.) It's more...I don't trust how things are going, or that I have managed to do anything even remotely close to the way it should actually be done.

You know, normal things.

Yet, despite of this, I seem to be making some semblance of progress.

Here's how the To-Do list was looking when I started this "final" editing stage about a month ago:

—Implement the proofreader's corrections/suggestions

—Complete corrections on the editing run-off list you will inevitably compile while implementing the proofreader's corrections/suggestions

—Complete front and back matter (Acknowledgments, Bio, and Blurb)

—Contact formatter/book designer and get on her schedule


Where Things Are Today:

—Implement the proofreader's corrections/suggestions

Done.

—Complete corrections on the editing run-off list you will inevitably compile while implementing the proofreader's corrections/suggestions

Nearly done. There's one sentence with which I'm still not super happy. Just haven't hit upon the right wording yet. It's possible that I'm being entirely too picky about it, but I suppose there's no way to know for sure.

—Complete front and back matter (Acknowledgments, Bio, and Blurb)

The bio is done, and the blurb is...mostly done. There's one sentence in the blurb with which I'm not entirely pleased, but I don't know how to fix it yet. Or even if it needs to be fixed. I'm still working on  the acknowledgements page. I'm struggling to find the right flow. Transitions in and out of paragraphs, and whatnot. Occasionally, I'm tempted to just write "YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND WHY I LOVE YOU" and call it good, but they deserve better than that.

—Contact formatter/book designer and get on her schedule

Yeah. So here's the thing...apparently, the woman who did the book design and formatting for Effigy is no longer in the book design and formatting business. Which is a bummer because I was looking forward to just handing over the manuscript and saying, "Please do what you did with the first one." But now, instead, I have to find a new designer. I haven't started that hunt yet, but I imagine I will be soon. I'm running out of other things to do. Though I do seem to be making those other things last as humanly possible.

Once a procrastinator, always a procrastinator, I guess.



So that is where I'm at. Getting things done, yet still not crossing anything off the list. It's nice to know that some things never change, right?

Thanks for stopping by today—How's it going in your writing world?

And because it inspired the title of this post, here's one last gif for you:



26 comments:

  1. Ugh on having to find a new designer/formatter. Maybe the woman has a few people she recommends?

    Still deep in the NaNo trenches. Chugging caffeine. Wondering why I do this to myself pretty much every year. Sigh.

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    1. I haven't been able to track her down at all. It's like she doesn't want to be found. At least not by me...

      And I always have those moments during NaNoWriMo when I wonder why I do this to myself. Wishing you much luck as you get into the second half of the month!!

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  2. That one line wrong can bug the heck out of you.

    I format books.

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  3. You're doing good! Blurbs are always so hard. I must change mine twenty times for each book.

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    1. You know what's weird? That one line notwithstanding, the blurb has actually gone pretty easily this time around. It certainly didn't take as much time to find a hook as the first book did.

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  4. You're entering the final stages, which is good. Good luck finding a new designer/formatter! It can be a daunting task, but there are some great ones out there.

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    1. I feel like I've been in the final stages of this book for an eternity already. It probably hasn't been that long, though. :)

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  5. That stinks about your book designer. It looks like that's pretty common these days. It's a time consuming business. Good luck!

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    1. It is most definitely time consuming. Which is why I really want to find someone to help me.

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  6. Sounds like you are actually done, apart from finding the designer. Good luck finding one!

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    1. Yep. It's just a matter of deciding that those last two lines are really fine after all. Which could take a day, or a year. Let's hope for the former.

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  7. I’m glad L. Diane commented already because I was going to recommend her. :)

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  8. Well, I had something to say this morning when I first read your post, but I've forgotten what it was now.

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  9. I was waiting for that Buffy gif! Good luck and keep at it. No writing is getting done for me today with a yucky headache.

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    1. I couldn't not include the gif. Not with that title. :)

      Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  10. Too bad about the book designer being out of the business. Do you think she would recommend someone else who's good? Of course, you still have a bunch of other stuff to deal with first :)

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    1. Very true. I know I still have some time before I absolutely ready to move forth, but I really thought the formatting would be the easy part this time around. It's just another delay.

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  11. Sounds like you've made some pretty good progress :)

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    1. Well, I'm not sure I would categorize it as 'pretty good,' but at least there is some progress in some form. :)

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  12. Perhaps you should post the blurb and see if other eyes might see what could make it better (or tell you it's fine as is). Just a thought ;)

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    1. I have considered that, and I haven't ruled it out. It may show up in the near future. :)

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  13. To be honest, it sounds like you're doing pretty well. I aspire to become a published author, but I'm still firmly in the aspirational phases. I wouldn't know how to go about finding a book designer in the first place, let alone find a new one. Good luck with the rest of your edits, and with the blurb. I imagine blurbs to be just about the hardest thing in the world to write. Thanks for the update. :)

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  14. That sucks having to find a new formatter and designer. At least there are plenty of options out there because of freelancing so it shouldn't be too hard.

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