With crossed fingers we waited to see first what our editor Stephanie and then what our new copy editor would want to query or change from our proofed and reproofed Rose’s Ice Cream Bliss manuscript. In the past, prior to the advent of electronic editing, this took weeks of exchanged handwritten notes, mailings, and phone sessions.
With The Baking Bible in 2009, we had our first experience with electronic editing. ‘Track changes,’ enables the editor and copy editor to type in their comments and suggested revisions on the right sidebar of a computer generated manuscript.
Seeing the copy-editing, laid out pages, and proof editing, one is always surprised by how many “how did I miss that” or “that was on our style sheet and we didn’t follow it”! So we have gotten use to the fact that we cannot catch some of our mistakes.
My preference is to tackle these editing phases with back-to-back days for continuity. So Woody and I once again spent several 8 to 12 hour-long days forging through the pages.
The laid-out pages is the first chance for the author and editor to see the design of for the book. The pages come as 17 by 11 sheets with the two pages facing each other on the same sheet.
We were blessed once again to have Zach Townsend as our requested proofreader besides; HMH’s assigned proofreader. From his inquiries, we simplified some of our previously established text as well as a few global changes.
Next phase: We Receive Both! the Galleys and BLAD