Receive Full Manuscript: I “check in” a full manuscript with a word count check and, if needed, a quick reformat of the text (I prefer single-spaced, Times New Roman, 11-point font), then save it in my files.
Content Review: I schedule the manuscript for content review with either Rachel Overton or myself. (Big thanks to Rachel Overton for her great freelance work! I don't know how I'd ever content review 52 books a year on my own!)
Copy Edit: If the content review wasn’t extensive, the manuscript now goes on to a freelance copy editor who will work with the author on the content review comments and add his/her own. If the content review did bring up a lot of necessary or drastic changes (and sometimes if we’re just well ahead of schedule), then I send the manuscript back to the author for revision before it goes on to copy edit. I have a team of about five wonderful copy editors who I can call on regularly.
Front Matter: After I receive a manuscript from copy edit, I review and accept changes, then add in the front matter for the book, which includes the teaser page text, author bio and dedication, title page, and copyright info. Then I send the manuscript to Managing Editor Annie Tipton who will schedule and oversee proofreading and typesetting along with Connie Troyer.
First Proof: The manuscript is proofread electronically within the Word document by a freelance proofreader.
Typesetting: The manuscript goes to our fabulous team of typesetters (Sharon, Lorrie, Catherine, and Yolanda) where one of them will lay out the book in Adobe InDesign.
Second Proof: Once the book is set, it goes on to a second “paper proof” by a freelance proofreader.
Author Galley: After changes from second proof have been implemented, a PDF of the typeset version of the book is emailed to the author for approval and any last-minute minor changes.
Final Review: At this final stage, I get one last look at the book, verify that front matter is correct and add in any back matter (ad pages and such) and then sign off on the book’s job envelope so that files can go to the printer.
Whew! That’s a lot of work times 52 books a year! And I’m blessed to work with great authors, freelancers, and team of people at Barbour who help make it all happen.
Oh, and the cover design is a process all its own, but I already blogged about that here.
(The photo is of Jodi and me on Easter morning. I hope you had a wonderful day celebrating our risen Savior!)