An Exciting Insight into the Publishing Process

I have recently signed with a publisher and am quickly learning about the publishing process. I have to say, I was clueless as to how it all worked before, but am finding the whole thing fascinating as it unravels.

I naively thought you write a book, they decide if they’re going to publish it and if they are, they correct a couple of errors and Bob’s your uncle.  Oh no, no, no.  That is not how it works at all.

Here’s what’s happened so far:

  • After sending the submission off (synopsis plus first few chapters) I waited for a response.
  • It took several months for the response to come, although they did send me a courteous holding email saying when they’d let me know by.
  • When they came back it was to say they liked my story and characters but I needed to make a few edits before they made a final decision.  These changes were mainly to do with point of view and the fact that I’d jumped between heads all rather quickly from one to another!  I could see this instantly when they pointed it out but hadn’t noticed when I’d been proof-reading it.
  • The editor assigned to me has been very good at giving me timescales as to when the next stage would happen.
  • When they’d had chance to review what I’d changed they sent me a contract to read and sign.
  • After that I received a form to fill out which asked me to detail what my characters looked like – for the all-important cover!  Very exciting stuff.
  • On this form I was also asked for a dedication and blurb.  I always assumed that was written for you and it was fascinating to see that the author is actually behind it (although I imagine this depends on your publisher).
  • I have now (about two months from receiving the publisher’s first positive response) being sent the first round of edits.  I haven’t dared open these yet as she’s warned me the red might look intimidating – that’s tomorrow’s job!
  • I now need to go through the edits and accept or challenge them.
  • The manuscript then goes through a further two rounds of edits.

I have to say, I never knew how much work went into one manuscript, on behalf of the author and the editor.  It’s highly interesting and exciting to have this experience and a great insight into the whole publishing process.

I have a feeling I’m only really in the initial stages, so I’ll keep you posted on the latter stages as and when they happen.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah says:

    Well done on getting this far, fantastic news. I’m looking forward to reading your first novel.
    I’m sure half the stuff I download onto my Kindle hasn’t been through this rigorous process. Some has punctuation missing, spelling mistakes, and occasional swap of character names!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. ginahollands says:

      Thanks. I’ll let you know when it’s out!


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