Michelle Poploff lead a "Sunday morning sermon" on the acquisition process. Here are some highlights!
When Michelle receives a submission, she is going to assume you have worked on numerous revisions. You get one shot, and you need to make it your best shot.
Each book is an organic process.
When your book is acquired, roll up your sleeves and get ready for some good old fashioned revising.
This can take from several months to a year or more.
She will work in whatever way is best for the author.
Not every issue will be resolved in one revision.
After many revisions....
After the book is copy edited and all queries are answered, the author receives first pass pages. The book is set into type.
The proofreader reads the pages.
The author can add dedication, acknowledgments, author's note, glossary, etc.
The art department is working on cover art and interior illustrations as the writer and editor works on the editorial process.
THE STEPS, CONDENSED:
Editor sends editorial letter.
Editor makes comments on the revised manuscript.
Copy Editor—grammar and punctuation are checked throughout in a second color of pen.
Cody edited manuscript is sent to author.
Author responds in third color of pen.
Most of this is now done electronically.