Well, I submitted the Arcs, and like I thought, a few of the things I asked for were turned down. Basic mistakes like punctuation and spelling were all a no-brainers and fixed (I hope).
Wait — OMIGOSH! I just looked at my countdown button and there are only 21 days left until I am officially published! Holy freaking cow!
**Ahem** Sorry… Shaking off the freak out. Back to business…
Okay… those final edits… Here’s what happened.
The Chapter Headers, which I wanted in Edwardian Font, were changed to an awkward Arial Bold that just made me cringe… So if you read it on kindle, imagine that being beautiful scrolling letters that make you feel like you are outside. Funny thing is, The PDF version looks fine, so it might be different depending on the E-reader.
I also was turned down on the Ellipses. I knew they would say no, because I am reading another one of J.Taylor Publishing’s novels now, and I found exactly the same problem in that novel.
In a closing ellipsis, JTP’s standard format is a space before and after… no-matter where it falls on the page. This means that if you have the sentence, “I tried to do it but …” the “…” could very well drop to the next line, and appear all by itself. To me, that completely ruins the mood of what you might be trying to do, but that is the publisher’s choice. They want all their novels in the same format. I need to understand and live with that.
One section of the book had part of the scene removed in editing, and I had to “bridge the gap” because it was obvious there was something missing. It was easy… just added a scenery sentence, but in doing so I accidentally repeated the word “eased” in two back to back sentences. They asked me what I wanted to do and I changed one “eased” to “settled”. Good catch JTP. Thanks!
Finally: A single word came in to play again. The editor had changed one word in a scene that I really liked. I tried to get my original word back, but they declined. The word that they choose just didn’t work for me, but after asking around for suggestions, I found another word that we could both agree upon and BAMO! Yay! We are finally done.
So, I guess they weren’t completely unending. They just felt that way for a little while.
The Arcs are now complete, and the next time I will see Last Winter Red it will be published as part of the Make Believe Anthology.
Ahhhh. Published. Sounds good, doesn’t it?
- Styles take the frustration out of formatting [Shelley Fishel] (ecademy.com)
- On Writing (gointothestory.blcklst.com)
- New Digital-First Publisher Now Accepting Mini Novel Submissions From New And Emerging Authors (prweb.com)