I heard from my new editor Joanne that the edits I made to SENTENCED TO DEATH have been accepted. She gave me the pub date of March 2023 and we agreed on a cover. It would seem that is it, but not quite. The manuscript now goes to the copy editor. While the edits deal with the manuscript as a whole, the copy editor is more specific, like words repeated too much, misspellings and such. I have discovered over time that copy editors have their own bias. Words they particularly don't like. Situations with characters that they find bothersome. And sometimes they are just wrong.
As in I had a copy editor tell me they pet shops sell pets and don't handle adoptions and that granny squares referred to any crocheted square no matter the pattern of stitches. In the book that just came out, the copy editor changed the spelling of a foreign word I'd used. I had gotten the spelling from Britannica online. So, I can't simply give the copy editor changes carte blanche. I argued the above cases and won.
After the copy edit, the last step is what are called first pass pages which means getting a typeset copy of the manuscript for proof reading. Only small changes are allowed. And then it's on to book form.
But there is sort of dance going on with manuscripts and they do-si-do each other. As in last week, the third book in the Writer for Hire series came out, as I was working on the next Yarn Retreat book KNOT A GAME until the edits of SENTENCED TO DEATH danced by and demanded my immediate attention. The same will happen when the copy edit comes by and pushes KNOT A GAME off to the sidelines again.
It can get a little confusing. I was looking at the KNOT A GAME manuscript yesterday to try to pick up where I'd left off. As I was reading over the last page where I stopped, I drew a blank on the names of the characters. I had left myself some notes before I went to the edit of the Write for Hire book, but they seemed kind of cryptic. It'll take a day or so to reorient myself to the plot.
And then dancing in the background are my ideas for the next Crochet book. With all that's going on, my only yarn thoughts are about how to clear out the room with my stash for Jakey. He has already staked his claim and reminds me I need to make it into his room. I plan to make the first move on it today.