Thursday, June 19, 2008

Copyedits…they are HERE

Tip of the Day: Buy Trader Joe’s Peanut Butter granola bars. They’re yummy.

Right in the middle of my horrible rotten last week and the drama that ensued from it, my copyedits arrived. I took the package from the nice UPS guy, said thanks, and pitched them into my office. Where they then sat for DAYS. I just didn’t have the heart to open them. Not that I really knew what was going to be in them or anything—I mean the book seemed pretty much done to me after all the rounds of edits/line edits. But just on the off chance that it was going to be something drastic and make me cry—I couldn’t do it. Yet. Until I realized that time was passing and if I didn’t open them soon I’d only have a week left to do them. I had the suck it up pep talk with myself and finally ripped open the package—peeking through just one narrowed eye (yeah, I’m lame like that. I also cross my fingers for luck and knock on wood so bad stuff doesn’t happen).

And…here it is.



ACK! It’s all marked up again! How oh how does that keep happening? Just when you think they’ve found every little mistake there are MORE! Sigh.

Oh wait. Maybe it isn’t SO bad. It isn’t really marked up again…just the last round marked up MORE.

Ok. I’m totally cool with it now—I’m actually feeling very revisionally experienced. (And apparently grammatically challenged). It doesn’t seem nearly as daunting as the first couple of passes. It might even be fun (am I reaching here?) I think I can swing it. Now I kinda want to work on them. My only prob is I need to get it done and finding time with a newborn and three little ones is an interesting trick these days. I think Grandma needs a phone call.

I am now confident that this copyedit thing will be a breeze and it puts me one step closer to the final product. And the super cool thing about them is with so many people putting such a huge effort into my book I feel like the end result will be AWESOME. So yay for that! Wish me luck…

Kristina, Miss Soon-to-Pub

7 comments:

Emily Marshall said...

Yay for almost being done Tina. I'm so excited to see it in book form, as I'm sure you are.

Rhonda Stapleton said...

YAYYYY--good for you! What a fantastic attitude. You'll get through these in NO time!

Lisa Schroeder said...

Of course it's going to be awesome! I can't wait to read it!!!

I should be getting my copy edited manuscript in the next week or so as well...

DeenaML said...

LOL -- apparently you are too Comma Happy! Cracks me up! Those Copy Editors are such grammar nerds -- yay for them!

Ghost Girl said...

{{Squeal}} Oh, Tina, if I lived closer, I'd be there in a heartbeat to give you a little babysitting help. That is so fabulous! You are almost done--Wahooo!

I can relate to the comma issues... (and ellipses!)

Kate Fall said...

Wow! This is so cool. I love looking at the photo you posted. I wonder ... do you get to debate commas with the copy editor or just stick the commas in (or take them out) wherever they say? I think it would be hard not to be like "But I don't want a comma there or I would've put it there." But I'm sure I'd just say that to myself ... and you guys.

Kristina Springer said...

Hee hee- at this point I just TRUST them with the comma stuff. Seriously, how many edits have I been through on this now? I'm not even sure. There have been commas marked every time. This time there was a lot of corrections on my Ooooohs and MmmmHmmms and anything where I go over by too many letters (which looks like I do QUITE a bit). Poor copy editors-- I don't know how they keep all this stuff straight!

And my family has been so great. My cousin came over yesterday to give me a break and my mom was here today. So I am booking on these copy edits! My mood is definitely getting better each day.