Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Writers' Wednesday: Tackling the Galley

Before I became published, I didn't have the foggiest notion of all the steps that occurred between submitting a manuscript to a publisher and seeing the finished product on the shelves of a bookstore. Now, 3 books in and 2 more to come in 2010, I have a better idea. And I'll be honest: it's a long, lengthy process. Right now, I'm tackling the galley of One Night in Napa, which will release May 1, 2010.

What is a galley? It's the final author look at his/her manuscript before it's released in print, permanently. This means that the publisher sends you the complete document for you to read through, page by page, to catch any last-minute errors or wording changes before it's immortalized on the page. Ugh. Utter tedium, as far as I'm concerned.

OK, it's nice to have that last look at your words before they release in print. But for me, it requires so much close attention that I can only read through a few chapters at a time. I feel wholly responsible for each word, each letter, and I tend to lose concentration after 30 or 40 minutes or so.

So the reading of my galley is consuming my life this week. I try to tackle it little bits at a time, though October 19 is my deadline, so I don't have too much time to play with.

The nice part about the galley? It allows me to fall in love with my story again, to remember why I love these characters their story so much. So as much as I complain about the close reading, I do like being reminded of why I wrote it in the first place. And I hope you'll feel that way as well!

Less than 7 months until One Night in Napa releases in print...I can hardly wait! Can you??


Marianne Arkins said...

I remember being so sick of "One Love for Liv" I never wanted to see it again, lol. Read through after read through, OY.

Even so, seeing it in print was awesome, so I guess the work is worth it, right?

Chad Sayban said...

I can only imagine how hard it is to read something you have already read a thousand times with an eye for catching something. I've known of copy editors who actually read the whole book one sentence at a time...backwards! They do it so they can check each individual sentence without getting absorbed in the book. Sounds like torture to me.

Diane Craver said...

I just finished One Night In Napa! Allie, I loved it. What a read - you're an incredible writer. Good luck on your galley - the ebook format looked great.

Allie Boniface said...

Oh my gosh, Diane - thanks! I'm so happy to hear that you enjoyed it :)