I received a long e-mail from Nayt today, sent to me and to the five other writers who will be published by NRP in 2016. After reading the e-mail, I was amazed by how much effort is involved in producing these books. And I don’t get the impression that they have a very large staff.
Nayt said that last week our manuscripts were given to student editing teams to read. My author’s liaison from my Team will contact me within the next week or so. The Team will send me their first batch of suggestions for edits for FV sometime in mid-October and will expect me to respond to those suggestions by the end of the month. After that, they’ll review the novel again and will re-submit edits by the “end of the semester”—early December? Following that process, the novel will be further edited by Nayt himself, and then he’ll send the MS back to me for my input/approval. Then they’ll actually layout each page and we’ll all check those—mock-up spreads, Nayt called them. Once we all approve these, “review galleys” will be printed to be sent to book reviewers. One more round of copy edits by Nayt and me (reviewing the “bound galleys”) and then the “print order will be placed and we’ll be able to relax until publication.” Phew, what a process! But I sure am excited about it! How will FV change? What will it look like when it’s finally published?