I’m currently waiting for the editor to get back to me with revisions and changes for the books. This is nothing like editing comics. The turnarounds are much different. Instead of working at a breakneck pace against a last minute deadline, it’s much more laidback and relaxed. (On my end at least, I know that the publisher is juggling a lot of books and releases and what-not.) I was told that I could most certainly review the edits for the book but that a lot of it could change because my Dad was waiting for her revisions first. And so, like my father I wait. Poised to pounce on the revisions and make notes at the drop of a hat.
In the meantime, I do things like work on my own projects and also work on some promotional items for the book.
I’ve just begun to organize all of the writing. And by that, I mean that I’ve put all of the related material that I am currently working on into one folder, begun an “unsorted folder” and have a couple of other folders which are already dedicated to specific stories.
My plans are as follows, towards the end of editing with the publisher, I’m going to find out if there were any near misses. Books that were almost published but just didn’t quite work out. Either that or see if I can develop something further with this current story. From there I’ll plan further.
I’ve got a lot of books to go through. This means a lot of material. Either fully formed, or needing to be reconstructed from the ground up. It proposes a great creative challenge which both excites and scares me.
They say that an editor doesn’t have to be a writer. I would say that is sort of true to a point. But it really depends on what type of editing you’re performing. For your basic, in depth proofreader/grammar checker I would say, as long as you understand the basics, you can get by.
For doing what I’m doing? As I look over my dad’s book, I try to imagine what he was thinking when he was writing this. What was he trying to convey? With that mindset, I will be looking over what his editor has asked to be revised and respond how I think he’d have wanted to respond.
Luckily, I have known my dad my whole life and therefore I like to think that I knew him pretty well.