How many times is a book edited and changed before it hits the shelves?
I can’t tell you how it ALWAYS works, but I thought it might be helpful for some of you to see how the process works (and how long it takes)
May 1st, 2010: I sent my manuscript to my publisher.
May 12th, 2010: My editor sent back my manuscript with changes. My contract gave me 30 days to return those changes to her.
June 5th, 2010: I sent those changes back with some notes. (Just FYI: it took me about 20-30 hours to make the changes she suggested.)
June 18th, 2010: My editor sent back a few small changes and tweaks and asked me to have them back to her in two weeks.
July 5th, 2010: I sent those changes back to my editor, my manuscript was officially accepted. My editor then sent my manuscript to the copyeditor.
August 3rd, 2010: I got my manuscript back from the copyeditor and my editor asked me to read through it again to check for clarity, make sure I agreed with the changes. The copyeditor also had a bunch of questions for me and clarifications for me to make. My manuscript was then sent to a lawyer.
September 29th, 2010: I got the manuscript back from the lawyer with some (minor, thankfully) legal changes. We made those over the phone. Then, my editor sent me a hard-printed copy of my manuscript and asked me to give it one final read.
October 15th, 2010: I sent the edited manuscript back to my editor (I confess, I was tired of seeing it!) and she passed it back to the copyeditor and a cold reader. I *think* that’s the last round of edits before it goes into print.