November 14th, 2008

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Personal note; I'm still here...

I haven't fallen off the edge of the earth; I'm still here. But I'm tangled up in the galleys for the second edition of the GAVSD, and it will take me a while to get loose.

I spent much of yesterday finishing the file for the book's index, now that there are actual pages with actual numbers on them, and turning that file in to my editor. This is the first time I've ever done my own index for one of my books; in the past I've always left that to a pro and had the publisher deduct the fee for the work from my advance. But this time I would have been ashamed not to do it myself. I know the material so well that I could practically recite the book verbatim from cover to cover; that ought to be a sufficient qualification.

In the process of doing the index I found enough glitches -- especially with regard to words that should be in italics -- to convince me that even though the book has been copyedited I'd be wise to go through it again myself, and I'll be doing that today. [And maybe tomorrow, depending.] It's really hard for a well-trained copyeditor to accept all those words in italics in the examples and dialogues, and I understand why some of them may have gotten lost -- but they matter. They are often the only way to distinguish between a neutral utterance and a hostile one in written English, and they have to be there.

And then, if I do find glitches, I have to type up the list of them to send to my editor. That's a tedious process. The typical item on such a list goes something like this: "Page 117, line 18 down from the top: the word "pellucid" should be set in italics." It takes a while. Just the counting takes a while.

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