September 4, 2009
The final proof of the cover arrived in my inbox this morning. Or, I think it’s the final. Any hidden agendas about the color, the finish (glossy vs. matt), the type or anything else would have appeared by now.
I am very pleased. The art director fixed the type, which was my main concern. He added a new wrinkle – some art directors just can’t stop fiddling – but it made things a little better, and definitely not worse. If I still had an ad agency I would hire this guy in a minute.
Getting the cover almost seemed like a reward for sending off the final copy edits, although the two processes aren’t connected.
I dislike dealing with copy editors so much – even when it’s for my own good – that I put off dealing with the last sixty pages for at least three weeks. The manuscript just sat there on a table. But finally I faced it, and indeed there were unpleasant problems to deal with.
I had gotten some of the dates wrong.
Every section of Fortuna has a time and date, and five of them were obviously wrong. Worse, it wasn’t obvious how to fix them. I had to carefully read each section, the section before it, and the section after it. (It’s been so long that I don’t really remember when all the events happen.)
Beyond that, the process was about accepting or rejecting capitalizations, italicizations, commas and the like. The copy editor’s comments were in red ink, and I either left them or wrote “NO” with a thick blue fiber-tipped pen. The manuscript had two or three “NO’s” on almost every page. I should have enjoyed this power, I supposed, having had my work edited in ways I didn’t like for years. But in fact, I felt bad.
For some reason, the editor-in-chief wants everything to happen on paper, not “on the computer,” as she expresses it, so I had to send the only copy in the world to her via snail mail. I should probably have made a photo copy, but I didn’t want to spend the money. So I just shipped it overnight, which is the safest way. The cost: $67.00.
I am going to end up losing money on this book.
To be continued…
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