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The Next Stage

I heard back from my editor yesterday, regarding the manuscript I sent in at the beginning of February. Her email started: “I thoroughly enjoyed The Secret Daughter!” and she went on to say what she particularly liked about the story. So I was very pleased with that.

In the next paragraph she mentioned something she thought might be a problem that I should address, and suggested a way I could fix it — which involved a lot of changes. But while editors are always right when they spot a problem, their suggestions as to how to fix it often are not. In this case, I could see a very easy fix, and when I wrote to her and told her what I planned to do, she said, “Oh yes, that would work.”

So now I’m going through the manuscript and double checking it all. She (my editor) sent it back with “track changes” and she’s flagged a few typos, made an occasional comment and noted where she thought I should change things to solve the problem I mentioned above.  I’m also making changes on my own account. It’s been almost four weeks since I saw it last, so that break means I can read it with fresh eyes.

So that’s the next stage in the book production process. After that, if she’s happy with the revised manuscript, it will go to copyediting. The copyeditor will go over it with an eagle eye and spot any mistakes — typos, places where Australian/English spelling has slipped in, mistakes where I’ve accidentally called a character by the wrong name or given them brown eyes instead of blue or green or hazel, and maybe I’ve calculated time wrongly — for instance on one page I might have said it’s a week later but reading it closely it turns out to be only five days. Copyeditors are very nit-picky, for which I’m always enormously grateful. (Photo by Daniel Thomas on Unsplash)

I’m not going to tell you anything about the story yet, because the heroine of this story is someone you’ll meet for the first time in The Heiress’s Daughter, which comes out on May 21st. 
I also can’t show you a cover because we’re still in the process of creating one. I say “we” but it’s the wonderful Berkley Art Dept that does the creating, and I just give feedback/opinions. But as soon as I have a final cover, I’ll post it here first.

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Liz
Liz
1 month ago

Hooray a new Anne Gracie to look forward to, AND another in the pipeline – cheers!

Anne
Anne
1 month ago
Reply to  Liz

Thanks, Liz. It’s a relief to get it finished and then accepted!

Margot
Margot
1 month ago

I enjoy hearing how a book is created and all the screening it goes through before we get to see it. I have the others in the series, but I am waiting to have them all and read them one after the other. I never liked to edit what I wrote when I was in school but do value it greatly. I am a slow reader and easily catch little mistakes as they make me stumble – so the fewer the better.
Thank you

Anne
Anne
1 month ago
Reply to  Margot

Thanks, Margot. We do our best to make sure the books are error-free, but even so you’d be amazed how some things slip through, even though many people have checked. One time I gave a Scottish nanny three different Mc names and only one was picked up at the proof level, which is the final read-through. Luckily I sent the manuscript to my friend Mary Jo Putney who spotted the other one and told me, just in time — the book was to go to print the very next day!

Annette N
Annette N
1 month ago

I have faith that when the book comes to me, I will love it. It is an Anne Gracie book, so that is a given.

Anne
Anne
1 month ago
Reply to  Annette N

Oh, thanks so much Annette. I really hope you enjoy it.

Patricia
Patricia
1 month ago

NOTHING is as good as an Anne Gracie book I have them all the have ordered and paid for the Heiress’s Daughter, due out May 21st of this year. Can’t wait!!!

Anne
Anne
1 month ago
Reply to  Patricia

Thanks so much Patricia — it’s lovely of you to say so.

Liz Fielding
Liz Fielding
1 month ago

I find that there is a moment of release when I deliver a manuscript, Anne and then I start to worry, think of all the things I missed, could have done better. I’m at that part of the process at the moment but delighted to hear that you’re through it and we can look forward a wonderful new story. Congratulations.