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 thoughts on “An Exciting Insight into the Publishing Process

  1. 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!

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