rickumali (130) [Avatar] Offline
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I've decided to write a short blog-type post every week here on this forum. These posts are exclusive to this forum, and they will primarily be about the writing of the book.

The copy editing process has started. I haven't looked at my manuscript in almost two weeks, but this afternoon I was reintroduced to it in the form of copy edits.

Here's a picture showing the number of edits in the first three chapters.

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Each insert or deletion is a red mark in Microsoft Word, and so each page looks like it has dozens of little paper cuts.

I have to look at each correction and if I have a problem or a concern, I have to raise it as a comment. The copyeditor also has comments that I have to respond to. This is not too bad, despite what looks like a large number of changes. Many of the edits are capitalization, adding contractions, and changes for voice. I do admit the changes put a higher polish on what I'm trying to say.

This kind of detailed work will keep me busy for another month or so!

There won't be a post next week (Mother's Day), so thank you all in advance for reading. We're nearly there!