- One week to go and lots left to be done.
I emailed my editor the other day and asked him if the 10 April
deadline is absolute or if we might be able to sneak in a few final
hacks after that day. He said that production was really going to be
pushing to get this book out quickly, but that we might be able to
sneak some more hacks in before end-of-copyedit. I asked when that
would be, and he said usually one week after the deadline.
So we discussed it some more, and decided that we might be able to get
five more hacks done by the 17th. But then he added, "unless they do
something radical, like skipping copyedit." Oops. I pointed out that I
thought he'd mentioned some time ago that they were already planning to
skip copyedit, and he mailed me back to say he thought I was right.
That means the end of copyedit is on the deadine date, or 10 April. Oh,
well. It looks like we'll be going with the 64 hacks we have complete
and the one additional one we're working on now, and even at that the
book will probably run over its allocated page budget. As usual.
So there won't be any copyedit phase. Instead, the manuscript goes
directly to the proofreaders, who'll find and fix obvious typos and so
on. But otherwise, the text will be exactly as we've written it. Hmmm.
This is the third book we'll have done without a copyedit. We skipped
it for Building the Perfect PC
and for the Buyer's Guide as
well. Working without a net is getting to be a regular thing, but at
least the books get to the stores faster.
So we're shooting to be completely finished with the book by this
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