So after vacations and moves and getting the kids settled in school (seriously getting your kids in school out here is more complicated than applying for college), my editor and I were finally able to sit down and roll out some details.
RUMP will be released Spring of 2013, likely April, but since it’s so far in the future it’s usually just a season until we get closer to the date.
Several people have asked me why on earth it takes so long for a book to get published. Isn’t it already written?
Yes, yes it is.
I have always known that publishing a book was a 18-24 month process AFTER the book was written and signed with a publisher, but I’ve never been able to clearly explain why that is. Until now. Behold, the mysteries of publishing (in a nutshell.)
First, my editor will compose an editorial letter. That’s a little (or long) letter that explains all the edits they would like to see in my story, mostly big pictures things, like character and story elements, things they believe will make your book more wonderful than it already is.
Once I have the editorial letter in hand I will revise my book once again. I’m expected to have my revision back to my editor by mid to late October. Assuming my editor accepts my revisions, she will then send my book to a copy editor. Those are the editors who basically put your manuscript under a magnifying glass and make lots and lots of red marks on your manuscript. They make you bleed.
They then send the manuscript back to me to either approve or disregard those copy edits. (Sometimes they’ll correct things that you put in there as a “stylistic choice,” and it’s ultimately up to the author to either keep or change.) If I reject a lot of their marks, or make more changes in wording, they may send it back for another round of copy-edits.
After that, they take it to design to lay out the pages as they will appear in the book.
Another round of copy-edits. (They won’t send it back to me.)
Then cover design! (Oh, I’m excited for that.)
They will then print ARC’s (Advanced Reading Copies.) All this will likely be completed by spring of 2012.
But wait. That still leaves an entire YEAR before my release date. What goes on during that year? Marketing and publicity, my friends, which is a HUGE part of publishing. The publisher has to get materials to the sales force way in advance so they can start giving ARC’s to book buyers like Barnes and Noble, librarians, and reviewers.
So that’s it in a nutshell. I’m excited and nervous all at once. I’m really in new territory here and I’m starting to feel like I was born yesterday. So it’s actually to my advantage that I have about 20 months before this baby hits the shelves. Hopefully by then I’ll have learned to walk.