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15 May 2007 @ 12:11 pm
This is not the stage of the manuscript when you want to be working through it and finding whole pages you've marked up with red ink. In theory you've moved well beyond that by the time you get to the galleys. Ahahahah. >.<

Usually I don't have quite this many markups. OTOH, usually I haven't rewritten a book four or five times. There's stuff where I just managed to not see that I'd screwed up the punctuation after revising a scene eight hundred times, or where a sentence that made sense once has utterly ceased to, thanks to random infractions of words that no longer belong. It's not all just me; a lot of stuff is the copy editor, but despite my earlier bitching, it's not all just her, either.

...wow. Good mail day. I just got the official cover for HEART OF STONE (and it's *gorgeous*. I will see if they can email me a jpg which will be a nicer condition image than my scan would be, but if not I'll scan it and show it off), and I got royalty statements. URBAN SHAMAN has sold some 36,000 copies in the last two years. I don't *know* 36,000 people. O.O I am eternally, eternally grateful to all of you who have bought a copy...and to the 35,650 other people who have also bought copies that I can't personally thank. :)

Back to work now, and feeling more chipper about it, too! :)
Current Mood: distressedfull of many emotions!
Autopopeautopope on May 15th, 2007 11:34 am (UTC)
Some day ask me to show you the galley of ACCELERANDO. I think there were 20 pages (out of 400) that didn't have multiple splashes of red ink on them ...

Some books just don't want to be nailed down and glued to the paper.
kitmizkit on May 15th, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
I remember reading about that in your LJ or blog, and I was in fact thinking about it yesterday when I was typing in changes. It was good to know it wasn't just me. :)
Cyrano: Random Sims2cyranocyrano on May 15th, 2007 12:33 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. I need to buy a copy of US for my mom. 36,001!
dqg_nealdqg_neal on May 15th, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
36k copies, thats not too shabby.

Maybe they will think about updating your bio for the next book, so that they don't still keep you living in Alaska like Coyote Dreams says.
kitmizkit on May 15th, 2007 01:02 pm (UTC)
That was my own fault. I didn't get around to sending a new bio in on time. The next trilogy will have me appropriately placed. :)
irishkate: Athenairishkate on May 15th, 2007 01:58 pm (UTC)
mwah hah hah hah ha!!!

All part of the plot to bring all the writers to Ireland.

And glad to have you here.
annathepiper on May 15th, 2007 02:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, thirty-six THOUSAND. That is a seriously kickass number. Go you! :) :)
(Anonymous) on May 19th, 2007 04:09 pm (UTC)
Just finished Coyote Dreams. I really enjoyed it. Will there be more?
kitmizkit on May 19th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
Yep! The next book will be out sometime in 2009. :) Glad you enjoyed it!