My editor warned me that I’d get a heart attack when I saw the results of the first “pass”, and I admit I almost did. My beautiful text, lovingly written, now smeared in red ink: one page I got over the attack rather quickly, mainly because not all pages looked like the one above; most changes involved moving bits of text up or down, and the result of the editing is a much better text. I think I’m beginning to understand the value of (and the difficulty involved in) editing. As such I am tremendously pleased to have such a good editor. When the iterative editing phase completes, the book will be read by a copy editor. I don’t know her personally, but I’m sure she’ll have some say as well… :-( Irrespective of whether my content is good or not, there is one thing I’ll be sure of: the result will not be like this.

Books and dnsbook :: 20 Mar 2008 :: e-mail