Jun. 2nd, 2013

Edits!

Jun. 2nd, 2013 09:41 pm
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So, yesterday, I got the first round of edits on Love Continuance and Increasing back from gehayi. Five minutes ago, I sent them back.

Seriously, most of the edits were about regularizing the spelling to 100% British, and fixing my two persistent formatting screwups -- I'd followed outdated advice and used underscores to surround bits meant to be italicized, and I hadn't been able to insert em dashes into Google Docs and hadn't fixed it in the final .rtf I submitted. In future submissions I won't do either of those things wrong.

Apart from that, I grudgingly allowed the deletion of a lot of PERFECTLY GOOD commas -- by the end, I was putting in the occasional frustrated note saying "These are respectable, God-fearing parenthetical commas and the sentence is clunky without them, so they stay," -- and attempted to fix what pronoun confusion problems were pointed out to me, and got punchy enough defending hyphens that I resorted to "Why is a raven like a writing-desk?" and "Father John's Christmas". And I cited Pride and Prejudice to defend my one use of the archaic spelling "practise". If Lady Catherine DeBourgh can instruct Darcy's sister to practise the pianoforte, my heroine's mother can tell her younger daughter to do so as well. :)

And I put in a few things that I needed, like the acknowledgement that Rockingham wasn't related in any significant sense to the former prime minister, and clarifying George Pennington's position in regard to the Rockingham entail, and sticking an author's note at the end about the HMS Pickle.

I'm bracing to see whether I'll get stronger demands for change from higher up the chain, but as it stands now? I'm VERY happy with my book!

(Cover art, oh, I am crossing my fingers on the cover art, I can't wait to see it, and I really REALLY want it to be good!)

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