Saturday, April 08, 2006

Author alterations, Part One

No, I'm not getting fitted for a new dress. (New clothes? What's that?) Author alterations, or AA's are a stage in the production process, and I just received mine in the mail for Eyes of Crow.

Before opening the package, I had my dogs sniff it thoroughly for bombs. As publication time creeps closer, I naturally assume the folks at Luna will realize they made a huge mistake.
Hey! We could just kill her instead. It would cost less.
An AA looks like a typed manuscript in every way, with the addition of line numbers along the left side. The book has been copyedited since the last time I saw it. My job is to look it over carefully and inform the publisher of any changes.

Since this is my last chance to perfect the novel, you can imagine how nuts this makes me. I won't see it again until the book is published. Usually authors get to approve "galley proofs," which are replicas of the eventual pages, but the production department is behind schedule.

I should be upset about this, since it's against standard practice, and theoretically someone could screw up the typeset without my knowing it, but I'm actually glad to have less work to do, to have one less chance to obsess over it.

However, any typos that appear in the final novel? Not my fault. Probably.



And if Luna's anything like St. Martin's Press, it'll get proofread at least twice after this.

Posted by: Blogger Rob S. at 4/08/2006 9:12 PM

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