Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The Copy Edited Version Of The Shade Of The Moon Has Arrived

Usually I hate dealing with copy edited manuscripts. A great deal of whining and cursing goes on when I work on them.

But this version doesn't seem bad at all. The comments are typed in and there aren't a lot of them, and a very quick skimming of the manuscript didn't reveal any that provoked me.

I don't even have to mail the manuscript back. Just email my editor to let her know what I think about the various suggestions.

Both my editor's email to me about the manuscript and the handwritten note I got with the manuscript mentioned that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (aka my publisher) wants to have ARCs of The Shade Of The Moon available for the spring conferences, ALA and the suchlike.Which is fine by me. So we're moving along swiftly (at least by publishing standards).

For those of you who have dreamed of seeing a copy edited page of The Shade Of The Moon (and who amongst you hasn't), I've scanned one into my handy dandy computer just to bring you joy and happiness and anything else you might feel upon seeing a copy edited page of The Shade Of The Moon. If you hate spoilers and yet are tempted, don't worry. It's not a plot revealing kind of a page, but if you don't care to read it, feel free to look for joy and happiness somewhere else.

I'll go looking right along with you!


Fear Death By Water said...

Excitement level rising ... rising ... RISING!

can't wait.

ps you started the next Moon Book yet? (rabble rabble)

Anonymous said...

Ohhhhhhh, on your sneak peeks I love reading about Miranda and Alex too. Thanks for this!
-Fabiola C:

Anonymous said...

Am I reading too much into this, but did Laura seem a little bit irritated at Jon's attitude near the end of the page?

Anonymous Santa Fe

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Hello to Fear Death By Water and Fabiola C. and Anonymous Santa Fe-

I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a fifth moon book. Every time I want to write one, I have to convince my publisher that it's a good idea.

I can't tell you, ASF, if Laura (aka Mom) was irritated, since I don't remember what happens on the next page.

I'll find out when I go through the copy edited manuscript!

Fear Death By Water said...

well convince them Susan .... please :)

this can't be the end CAN'T!

Mr. Cavin said...

That's neat. I'd only accept one of those changes, though. They are on crack if they really think "only" needs to move. And the comma suggestion makes me bluster and harrumph like an apoplectic British walrus.

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Good morning the ever impatient Fear Death BY Water and the ever blustering Mr. Cavin-

I haven't read the page in question yet, except to scan it, so I don't know how I feel about the onlys and the commas.

And you haven't read the whole manuscript yet, FDBW. Maybe once you do, you'll think four is enough!

Emily said...

Tore through the first pages, sad to see the family split up but that was what they planned. September 3 will be a full reading day.
Thanks for your storytelling!

Susan Beth Pfeffer said...

Thanks Emily!