Did you know dickweed is one word?
I didn’t. But the woman who copyedited my book does. She also knows the exact distance between two cities I mention in the book (Nashville and Franklin), and a thousand other little things that I don’t even know that I don’t know.
I love copy editors. (Is that one word or two? I guess I’ll have to ask her.) They get almost no public credit for their role in producing a book—that is, you rarely see them thanked by name in the acknowledgements. But without them, authors would be screwed.
I’m thinking about this now because I just finished the copy edits for Bromance Book Club and was blown away by the professionalism and thoroughness of the editor. Like, if you think that copy editors just go through and correct your typos, you are wrong. They remember and track the color of every character’s eyes. They point out if your hero already took his shirt off or sat down on the previous page, so how could he be standing now? They create a timeline of your book to make sure when you say “ten days later,” it really is ten days later.
Copy editors are my heroes and always have been. During my journalism days, copy editors saved my ass more times than I could count. So to my copy editor…..
A lot has been happening with Bromance, actually. I have a cover!!! It hasn’t been officially revealed yet by Berkley, so I have to keep it under wraps for now. But OMG, I am in love with it. But just like copy editors, book cover designers rarely get public kudos for their work. They’re one of the behind-the-scenes magicians who are crucial to a book’s and an author’s success and deserve recognition! I cannot wait to show you the magic they cooked up for Bromance.
In the meantime, pre-order links will start to show up soon on retailer sites. Which has me like…
Stay tuned for more Bromance news!!!