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Stand-In Groom Production Update

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

I heard from my editor this week that the manuscript of Stand-In Groom has gone to the copy editor. The copy editor has two months to turn it around, so I’ll probably be working with her off and on through July. I’m hoping I’ve made her job pretty easy with the edit I did on it before I submitted it back in March, but I know I missed some stuff—plus with not knowing their house style on things like serial commas, italics, etc., there may be some things that she’ll have to fix that I wouldn’t have known to change.

I’ve also sent the manuscript out to several authors so that they can read it to potentially give an endorsement (you know, those quotes on a book’s cover or on the front leaf from published authors talking about how much the love the book). This was a much harder task than I anticipated. Even though I know so many published authors, I had the task of finding authors whose books are similar to mine (same readership) who aren’t also currently bogged down by deadlines or other commitments.

Still no word on a final cover, however with the ICRS tradeshow coming up in July, I would imagine that the designers are in overdrive trying to get covers for all of Barbour’s upcoming fall and spring releases finished so they can mock-up the books to have on display there.

This week, I’ll be working on the questionnaire for the cover design for Menu for Romance.

In other news, we heard today from the president of ACFW that they’re still working the bugs out of the online system for conference registration. Most of us are extremely antsy to get registered, as we already have our airline tickets and hotel reservations. The list of editors and agents who’ll be attending is already stunning, and they’ve told us that the list isn’t yet complete. The lineup of continuing education classes and workshops is amazing as well. If you’ve always wanted to attend a writing conference, but weren’t sure which one, the ACFW national conference is the one to go to. More information can be found at

  1. Wednesday, June 4, 2008 9:10 am

    The editing process sounds like it would be fun and enlightening from what I’ve heard from other first-time sellers. Can’t wait until I get to experience it.

    Do let us know ALL about it, Kaye. I’ll live vicariously through you until it’s my turn, God willing.


  2. Wednesday, June 4, 2008 12:55 pm

    What sort of questions are on the cover design questionnaire? Are they allowing you some say in the design?

    Wouldn’t it behoove a publishing house (or the copy editor, at least) to let their authors know in advance what their house style is regarding commas, and the like? Seems a simple note would take care of that, since the author is going over the manuscript for micro edits anyway.


  3. Wednesday, June 4, 2008 12:59 pm

    PS: I wish it was remotely possible for me to attend the ACFW conference. I’ve never been to one. But I reckoned the cost, and it was something like $1500, with the conference, air fare, hotel, and that’s just the basics. No accounting for spending money, food on the plane, etc.

    And that’s checking air fare a month ago. Who knows what it’s up to now? I can hardly afford to drive across town anymore!


  4. Wednesday, June 4, 2008 1:03 pm

    I love hearing about the publication process. Continue to keep us posted. Oh, and I’m sure your copy editor will love you 🙂


  5. Wednesday, June 4, 2008 3:01 pm

    Yup, we’re all living through you, kiddo. Thank you for the updates. It just gets more and more exciting the closer it gets to release time. 🙂


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