This has been such a busy couple of months. They’ve gone something like this:
After I finished writing A Family of Strangers (Mira June 2019) I took a glorious three week trip to Europe and Africa.
I came home with bronchitis and took a three week break from doing everything except coughing and eating soup.
Then a family celebration for a very BIG wedding anniversary. Yes, Proman and I were married in kindergarten and celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary at Disney World with our children and grandchildren this past week.
When I finally came home to stay, it was time to go over my copy edits, which I’m doing now. And I must say, I like this book. I like it a lot. And the feedback I’m getting, which I will share with you later, has been terrific.
Copy edits are the second round of edits I see. I saw the first round right before I left for Barcelona and our cruise. These were edits done by my line editor and dealt with story, character and pacing. I responded, made changes where necessary, and sent the manuscript back. Then the copy editor, who is more concerned with punctuation, timelines, and facts that don’t add up, worked her magic, and the manuscript came back to me.
Do I, after seventy-something books need a line editor and a copy editor? EVERYBODY needs editors. As an example, I changed the surname of one of my characters in parts of the book. Not a secondary, no-one-will-notice character, but one of the most important in the story. Neither my line editor nor I caught it, and both of us are still wondering how we could have missed it. So the copy editor had our backs, and is doing a very precise and helpful edit. I love that. I’ll send it back when I’ve gone over copy edits, my changes will be entered, and I’ll see the final version once more. Then two proofreaders will have a long look at it.
But since today I’m only halfway through doing what I need to? I’ll end with a cover preview. Let me just say that in my personal opinion, the art department got this cover exactly right immediately. In fact, without knowing it, they have depicted a scene in the book! That’s how perfect it is. I loved it on first sight, and I hope you do, too.
The quote at the bottom will change, and I’ll tell you more about that in a week or two. This one’s a placeholder.
So tune in to find out more about my cruise and let me tell you about the fabulous author I met on my ship. Just imagine the fun we had talking shop on the high seas.
In the meantime let’s hear your thoughts on the cover.