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Well, the end is in sight! We can’t believe it’s gone so fast…but here we are in the “Author Review” stage already–basically, we’ve turned in all of our stuff and now our editors are filtering it back to us, a few chapters at a time, to look at the edits and changes they’ve made. They do this by emailing Word documents that track their changes…and because we have 2 authors and 3 editors (who sometimes work on a couple of different computers), the thing ends up looking like a Pride parade puked all over it–but in a good, rainbowy way*.
The first editing pass is always taken by our project editor, Vicki. She checks it for general flow, consistency, and organization. Then she gives it to Todd, our copy editor, who goes through it with his style, grammar, and mechanics fine-toothed comb. Then it’s passed on to our tech editor, Jenny (a fellow pet photographer), who checks all of our photography and doggie facts to make sure we’re telling the truth and stuff.
It took us awhile to get used to writing within a well-established style and template. The For Dummies brand is so successful that they don’t want any of us creative types messing it up. One false move, and “taking liberties with” becomes “driving a great brand into the ground.” None of us want that to happen. Now that we’re into it, and have been for quite sometime, it’s been great to have a whole team of people to figure things out with. We all stick to our own little silos for the most part, but if we have something to contribute that’s a little out of our wheelhouse, we still pipe up. Not only do we want this book to be the very best it can be, we just love the process of working it out.
Speaking of that, a BIG THANK YOU to the fans who answered our call a few months back for dog names. We’ve worked just about everyone into the book and with a couple more batches of chapters to go, it’s looking good that everyone will get their mention (with many of our clients having actual photos in the book)! And thank you for all of your opinions about the cover shot and random photos throughout the past few months. Your participation has been vital in helping this book reach its potential! If you haven’t yet had your chance to influence this book’s future, be sure to stop by our Facebook page–when we need to poll the audience, that’s where we do it!
It’s been an incredible journey so far, and as the pages are coming to an end, we’re getting a little weepy with gratitude aimed at everyone who’s ever done anything to lend a paw. We couldn’t continue to do this without you guys…and that just means the world to us. It’s very tear-inducing. But enough of the waterworks–cuz more than anything else, we’re really, really excited to see how this 320-page love letter to dogs turns out.
*Congrats and thank you to NY for passing the latest legislation for equality!