June 30th, 2010

Willow

The process

I have to become a hard arse. That's the lesson I think I am currently learning. Or if not that, at least be more definitive when extensions are granted that they also apply to publication dates. Cause it's not just me here at TPP anymore - it's too big for me to fulfill all the roles myself and that means that taking on tighter turnarounds affects other people too. I think this is the lesson here.

cassiphone would tell me that there is another lesson here about my buying process. And I partially see her point. It would be really nice to buy completed work just in need of some light proofing. A sort of submission, read, add a fullstop and then send to layout process. Sounds relaxing. But the truth is, I'm not sure I'd be able to do 6 books a year that way, especially with mostly local content. Markets have been thin on the ground here for a few years and I think that's affected how much some writers are writing.

And as much as I've been losing sleep and working all crazy hours the last couple of weeks, it's nowhere near that of some TPP writers. And I do kinda feel bad about that. On the other hand, I feel a little less bad when I read the final versions of the work that will be going to press. Things looked ... tight ... there for a bit but I'm really happy with how it's all starting to shape up. And it's so inspiring to observe the professional and seriousness of the writers I've been working with. It makes such a difference to the publishing experience and I think it makes an enormous contribution to the quality of their work.

I think I've edited about 100 k words this week. Tomorrow I'm back in there for final copyediting. And publishing tasks. It's fun.