I‘m catching some fresh air while giving Who Is to Blame? the final inspection before it goes to press.
The editing process starts with big-picture changes and over a period of several months, gradually evolves into fine-tuning. Phases of editing include:
– developmental editing (aka substantive editing, structural editing)
– copy editing
In some instances, the different hats are worn by the same person. At my publisher, Greenleaf Book Group, each of these steps involves a separate person, selected because of experience, skills, and expertise.
During the publishing process, the digital manuscript was shuttled between the publisher and myself 5 times. The end result is that I’m cross-eyed from looking and looking and looking again at the 106,000 words.
(Until we meet again)