Making a list and checking it twice is really, really important.
I received my edited manuscript back today. Remember I received the manuscript with the publishers editing done and I was to go through it and was to make any changes that I wanted and to check their editing. Even professional editors can miss something. (and they did) It must be gone through word by word.
So I did that and sent back my correction sheet.
Here’s an example:
On the original manuscript I had: Amy lies on her bed and watches as
On my correction sheet I changed and added; Amy has finally stopped crying as she lies on her bed and watches as
On the original manuscript I had; detective Collins and
On my correction sheet I dropped off – his wife and replaced with Susan. So it now reads: detective Collins and Susan
Well this morning I received the corrected manuscript with the corrections that I listed. Again, the red and blue are still there, which made me think they had changed nothing. (Each publisher has their own way of doing things) Once I figured out what they were doing, editing wise, I had to go through, using the list of corrections I printed out that I sent them to make sure each correction was done and was done as I wanted it to be done.
This is very important! Be sure to make a copy of any corrections you send to the publisher for editing. Their corrections will be sent back to you for your approval. If you did not make a copy of what corrections you sent them – don’t count on remembering them! You must have a copy in your possession.
Instead of hours and days going through every word this morning I merely pulled out my list of corrections and went down the list one by one with their copy of edited revisions. It took me about an hour and a half versus 40+ hours.
So what happens if there is a mistake missed? Glad you asked. 🙂 I had one ~~~ that separates thoughts, times, and places, etc. that I missed. I wanted them to be just one squiggle (~) instead of three. It’s a very obvious mistake and would stand out like a sore thumb in the book because there are several places this is used, so it must be fixed.
I e-mailed my representative and gave the page number and line number with the mistake that needs to be corrected. She will send it over to the editing department, they’ll correct it and send it back to me for my approval, I’ll hit the “approve” button and we continue to the next step in production.
Had there been no mistake that needed correcting I would have simply hit the “approve” button.
Now we move on, once I approve that one mistake has been corrected, to typesetting.
Stay tuned. We’ll talk about that later.
Thanks for coming by and I hope this is helpful.