More doodles. This time a map of Vietnam done in a spare half an hour. A version of the sketch on the left will appear in my book. I didn’t even submit this one to the publisher, but they found it, liked it and stuck it in the book. I’m glad they did, it looks great opposite the title page in the galley.
Photo by me of sketches by me.
Sending out the dispatch. Hope the book arrives before these things.
The second editing pass, that’s the one before the final editing pass, officially starts on October 23. I got a head start today by adding all my first editing pass edits and more recent edits to the galley, pictured above. That way I can effectively start the second editing pass, the one before the final pass, before the official second pass start date. You follow? After the second pass is over, and during the final pass, at least five pairs of eyes will look it over. After the final pass changes are made, the book is published. Goddit? Meanwhile, on the importance of the editor,
Like a counterterrorism operative, a good editor had done her best work when you don’t realize she’s done anything at all. link
A pre-first edition is any limited run copy of a book printed before the first standard edition is published. These include advance(d) reader copies (ARCs), galleys, salesman’s editions, proofs and sometimes manuscripts. link
I should get my hands on it later this week.
Unfortunately I can’t remember the context of this quote I found it in an old notebook from Việt Nam. I do remember it was an aside I was told by a middle-aged customer at a tofu stall in Hà Nội’s Old Quarter. However, it seems a little old-fashioned now. Almost all the old dog meat restaurants on the capital’s dog meat street have gone. Not that dog isn’t still eaten, it is, especially in the north. It’s just far less common these days. It appears that another Asian country famed for eating dog, South Korea, is also losing interest,
‘Dog is not an industry with a long-term future,’ Shin said. ‘New generations don’t eat a lot.’ link
Printer ink low. Available funds lower. I decided to edit “first pass” of my book on screen. I didn’t expect to find too many changes, so whenever I noticed something wrong I jotted down the page number and a note of the action needed on the back of an envelope.
In the end, I needed both sides of the envelope. I found sixty six errors, changes or additions. I now need to mark these up on paper, scan each of the pages and then send to the publisher.
I think purgatory must be a bit like editing.
Photos of an envelope by me.