Phase #2: Developmental Editing

Our book, River of Despair, is now officially in Phase #2 of production. This phase is called Developmental Editing and lasts 2-3 months.

During the Developmental Editing Phase, the team at Tate Publishing meticulously combs our manuscript and sends us a detailed edit by the end of June. These edits will include ways to change, improve or strengthen River of Despair.

It’s our choice whether or not to apply the suggestions in the edit document. Tate does not make any changes; we make any changes and then send it back. Once Tate receives our changes, they apply them and send us the final draft for approval.

This first month, before we receive the edits, it will be fairly quiet. Earlier this week, we complete the Promotional Copy (also called the “Pro-Co”) for the back of our book. It’s basically like an ad for our book, drawing the reader [that’s you!] in and getting them excited about what’s inside.

At the end of the Developmental Phase, River of Despair will move on to the layout/design phase. We can’t wait to see how our book will actually look in print!

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Step 1: Copy Editing Phase

May 1st was a big day for us.

It’s was the first day of production for our book – River of Despair.

We are so grateful that the Lord opened up this door of opportunity with Tate Publishing. It’s been a long journey since the day Dad came to me with the plot for our first book. He was so excited. The pieces were just fitting together on the page and he wanted me to help make it all come to life. A few years later, lots of hard work, a ton of writing and re-writing, many, many book proposals mailed, and here we are.

Production typically lasts about 8 months. Then there is a 90 day window for pre-ordering and then the official release date. It hardly seems possible. This first month – May – is the Copy Editing Phase. They’re checking our punctuation, spelling and formatting. There’s not much for us to do right now but wait.

We will be posting updates as we move forward on our journey to publication. It’s a dream come true for both of us and we couldn’t be more excited. But we also know we have a lot of hard work ahead of us.

Here’s to Step 1 and every step to follow!

What’s the Big Idea?

We started this blog because we love a good story.

That’s the big idea behind it in a nutshell. But the extended version of the big idea is pretty awesome, too.

Truth is: we found spare moments over the last few years to dream and create and write. Out of that came a book – our first book – that is due out around the end of this year via Tate Publishing.

We want to be able to share our book with as many people as possible because (here we come full circle)…we believe it’s a good story.

And good stories are meant to be shared.

Because we love a good story, wrote our first book and now want to share it with the world – we also started this blog. It’s a creative outlet and an avenue to share stories.

On this blog we hope to cover: what we know, what we’re learning and what we hope to learn about writing & marketing. The book reviews are included because we know that good reading is foundational to good writing.

So, that’s it.

The big idea.

And it’s kind of nice to have it out in type, for the world to see.

Question: what’s the big idea behind your blog [if you have a blog]? Leave us a link to your blog in the comments so we can check it out.