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Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Long Road of Publishing

Do you ever wonder why it takes so long for a novel to hit the market after the author finishes writing?

One of my favorite authors, Diana Gabaldon, answers this question on her BLOG. She describes the lengthy editing and marketing process involved with her eighth novel in the Outlander series, Written in My Own Heart's Blood (I can't wait!) I just finished her novel The Scottish Prisoner and loved it (see my review HERE).

Omnific Publishing is much smaller than Random House but I've marveled at the lengthy process from the inside. I wrote Streamline in 2007 when it was over 200,000 words (gulp). I edited the story in 2010 to see if I could get it to a place where it might be publishable. In 2011 I edited it some more to get it down to 160,000 words.

Then I sent a query letter to Emma Taylor, Acquisitions Editor for Omnific, and she gave Streamline the thumbs up for publication. That started the arduous work with my lovely developmental editor, Jessica Royer Ocken. We decided to go from third-person-omniscient to third-person-limited, which involved a LOT of rewriting on my part. We involved some Navy experts and a native Spanish speaker to increase the authenticity. We also changed the title to reflect Leo and Audrey's efficient glide through the resistance of their lives.

Jessica is the master of tightening my word diarrhea and we got the manuscript down to 129,000 words (longer than your average YA novel but still preserving the integrity of the murder mystery). My little baby's next stop was with the managing editor Kathy Teel who praised our diligent work. The copy editor Coreen Montagna now holds the manuscript as we wait for the cover design.

Kayla Watson is the marketing associate for Streamline. We're planning a launch party as well as a blog tour, and she's put together a fantastic video trailer. The novel that started in 2007 is slated for release on 3-27-12!

When it's all on the line, STREAMLINE.


Anonymous said...

Congratulations! It amazes me when an editor and writer can whittle a book from 160,000 to 129,000! It's a marvel of a feat! Even from 200,000 to 160,000 blows me away!

My first book, I brought it from 130,000 to 90,000. I still need to tighten things. We'll see!

Awesome post!

Jennifer Lane said...

Thank you, Jack! 90K words is much more in line with the industry standard--way to go! How have you tightened things so far? We used more contractions and eliminated unnecessary words like "that". Keeping to one POV for each chapter or section also knocked out extraneous information. Editors are so amazing, huh?

Anonymous said...

You were able to put a very lengthy process into a very concise blog post. Well done!

Jennifer Lane said...

Ha ha, Julie! Hopefully I'm learning something about concise writing. ;) Thanks for stopping by.

Miranda Hardy said...

It does amaze me the amount of work that goes into the whole process, even though I've read about it over and over.

Cherie Colyer said...

It sounds like you've done a wonderful job of streamlining STREAMLINE. :) It's no easy feat cutting words without losing valuable nuggets of information needed to convey a story. Launch day is just around the corner too! Congrats!

Jennifer Lane said...

Miranda, this is my third time going through the process and I'm still surprised by how long it takes. There are definitely points where I want to throw my hands up in frustration and holler "I give up!"

Cherie, what a beautiful observation about streamlining Streamline! Ha ha, I love it.

KarenG said...

And I look forward to reading Streamline.

CarolOates said...

Very concise explanation. You've put a ton of work into editing. Aren't editors fabulous? I'm looking forward to reading Streamline when it releases.

Jennifer Lane said...

Hey Karen G! Thank you. :)

Carol, editors are DA BOMB! Thanks for your support, dear. Now put on that apron and get back to the kitchen, hee hee.

Joy said...

Congratulations! Quite the process.
Joy's Book Blog

Jennifer Lane said...

Thanks, Joy! A long but satisfying process.

Maji Bookshelf said...

Congrats!! just saw the cover reveal, it looks FANTASTIC! I would love to be part of the blog tour!! i LOVE mystery novels!!

- juhina

Jennifer Lane said...

Many thanks, Juhina! I'll email you the link for tour sign ups but also write it here:


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