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Five Things on a Wednesday

I've noticed a lot of my f-list recklessly posting their Friday Five on OTHER DAYS OF THE WEEK.

Being a follower rebel myself, I'm throwing these babies out there today. Oh yes I did!


I wasn’t going to watch the Presidential debate tonight, because I’m almost at my saturation point, and I'm just getting more and more frustrated the closer we get to the election, but I can’t. look. away.



My copy edits arrived, and they are beautiful.

In a frenzy of excitement, I gathered up lots of pencils, as if I would be marking up nine zillion pages, instead of less than three hundred.

The long note in red on the right margin is from the copy editor, tactfully suggesting that I may have an addiction to italics, and should seek professional help. Mostly I wrote, “OK” in places where she removed the italics, but sometimes I wrote, “STET.” Come on, I can’t go cold turkey!

In case some of you don’t know what a copy editor does, here’s a description of the editing process in three words: BIG, smaller, micro.

It may be different at other publishers, but here's how it worked with my manuscript:

BIG: My editor sent me revision notes in a letter, with notes made on the manuscript, as well. I made changes to the manuscript on my laptop, then emailed the new version to her. (Some authors go through several revisions at the big stage.)

Smaller: My editor did not have additional big revisions for me to do, so she went to line edits, in which she suggested very line-specific changes. For example, she asked things like, “Would he really use that word?” I made the changes and emailed the new version to her.

Micro: Then the copy editor, a different person, went through the manuscript with super-keen hawk eyes, reading for consistency, punctuation, grammar, and overuse of italics. :-) I will read all her comments, make any necessary changes of my own directly on the pages of the manuscript, and snail mail the whole thing back to her.

I'm about halfway finished, and it's really fun!


I listened to the new Neil Gaiman book on my iPod last week, and I can’t stress enough the awesomeness of the experience. Not only is the book terrifically gripping, but it is read by Gaiman himself. I somehow missed that detail during the intro, and did not find out until the end when he read the credits. HE WAS AMAZING! How much talent should one man be allowed to possess?! (See that question mark and exclamation point stuck together? My copy editor doesn’t like that. I kept a couple, but mostly I relinquished my grasp on quirky punctuation.) Not only is Gaiman an unbelievable storyteller, he’s an accomplished audio actor. If you were planning to read the book anyway, do yourself a favor and get the audiobook.


I’ve been taking my laptop to work the past couple of weeks, because I can’t get enough writing done at home lately. So I scarf down lunch and spend the remainder of my lunch hour writing. If I can add 30 – 45 minutes a day to my writing, I will make progress. If I don’t meet my JoNoWriMo goals this year, I will get a visit from Jono … and I’m a little afraid of him. Not Jo! If she showed up at my door unannounced tomorrow, I would invite her in, feed her pie, and let her stay with us. (Free cable and WiFi! Come anytime, Jo!)


On the other hand, I’m already tired of Joe the Plumber.


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Oct. 16th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
LOL! Yeah, Joe the Plumber is probably dying right now. I want to turn to Project Runway, but I can't look away from Joe the Plumber!
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:28 am (UTC)
We're DVR-ing Project Runway. Who do you want to win? Don't tell me if you know who wins!!
Oct. 16th, 2008 12:49 pm (UTC)
I still don't know who wins! I need to catch the rerun. But I wanted Korto.
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
Oh, good grief, I spent 3/5 of your post (more, really) thinking you were someone else. Then all of a sudden you mention jonowrimo and I'm like, hey, zoe_trope is working full time, taking classes, and doing jono? I had to scroll back up to the top to realize it was not Zoe, but another Portlander. Sorry. :)

Editing looks, well, fun-ish. More fun when it's done, I'd guess.
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:29 am (UTC)
I fail in the coolness challenge with Zoe.

Oct. 16th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
STET always reminds me of doctor stuff....
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:30 am (UTC)

Like STAT?

Oct. 16th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
I very much enjoyed this post and have a little gift for you to pass on to your copyeditor. ;)

We should really bring back the interrobang, don't you think?
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:12 am (UTC)
1. Me, too.
2. Very artsy pencil layout.
3. Thanks, sounds wonderful.
4. You go, girl!
Oct. 16th, 2008 02:32 am (UTC)
Thank you!

Oct. 16th, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
But didn't you hear? Joe the plumber's rich!!!!!

(Coolness on the edits. I LOVE seeing stuff like this. Makes my dreams and journey seem more real. Congrats!)
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:32 am (UTC)
Wasn't that great? WOWOW.
Oct. 17th, 2008 01:43 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tracy. I always enjoyed reading these kinds of posts on my journey.

Oct. 16th, 2008 03:19 am (UTC)
I am drooling over your colorful, copy edited pages! My book is in copy edits right now...due back to me around the end of this month, and I can't WAIT!! Have fun!
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
Exciting, Kate!
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
What? Shameful!

Joe the plummer is my very best friend.

Oh, him and Jane Winebox
Oct. 16th, 2008 03:54 am (UTC)
You sure do make it look fun, Lisa!
Oct. 16th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Lorraine.

Oct. 16th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
If your audio book would like to make another stop somewhere before Halloween, I know someone who would be very nice to it and not feed it too much candy! :)

Oct. 16th, 2008 01:46 pm (UTC)
It's on my iPod - want to borrow it?

Oct. 16th, 2008 02:13 pm (UTC)
Oh - I couldn't take your beloved iPod!!! I totally forget that you can download books onto iPods. Well, I'm not sure if I can on my tiny shuffle? I'll have to check.

Anyway - I think I'm going to listen to the first 1 or 2 chapters on-line, which he has read at signings, and then read the book after that I think. :)
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Oct. 16th, 2008 01:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Melodye.

I know I always enjoyed posts like this when I was dreaming about my book being published.

Oct. 16th, 2008 06:19 pm (UTC)
re: #1. I know. I can't look away either. It's like rubbernecking at a car crash.
Oct. 16th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Gaiman is a brilliant reader. And if you'd like, you can WATCH him read the whole book, a chapter at a time, from the links on his blog/website.

I was tired of Joe the Plumber before the debate ended. I'm tired of Joe Six-Pack, too. Heck, I'm even a little tired of Joe Biden, and I'll be voting for him and Obama.
Oct. 17th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
The only Jo we love at this point is jbknowles.

Thanks for the tip about Gaiman reading on his blog!
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