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05 December 2008 @ 06:55 pm
the saga of the copy edits  

Did I actually post about my wibbling over whether I was going to photocopy the copy edited manuscript of THE PRETENDER’S CROWN? I ended up not doing it, because it was going to cost €92, which is about $116, and frankly that’s a third the cost of a document scanner and I simply do not have a hundred euro to drop on *photocopies*.

You can all see where this is going.

The manuscript, which was supposed to be in New York by Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest, has not arrived. I, in my infinite wisdom, have lost the tracking number (I have to assume I put it in my coat pocket and it fell out when I took my gloves or hat out later), so not a clue where it might be. I suspect the post office might be able to help more than they could today, when they were swamped by dole-seekers, but I can’t pursue that until Monday, so right now there’s a significant degree of bollocksed. Bolloxed? Screwed. We’re screwed.

Fortunately, Del Rey *does* have a photocopy of the CEs on *their* end, and by far the largest part of the CEs was changing the spelling back to British, so I have told my editor this (turns out they should’ve used the TQB stylesheets after all, I was right about that, and it just didn’t happen for some reason), and it looks like what’s likely to happen is unless the manuscript turns up today or Monday, they’ll stet all the spelling and when I get the typeset ms, I will go over it with a needle-toothed comb, comparing the semi-colons, colons and em-dashes to my own original manuscript.


miles to Dunharrow: 57.5

(x-posted from the essential kit)
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
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kitmizkit on December 5th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
It's because I'm living in a small town and have not yet found, if there is such a thing here, a dedicated photocopy shop. In Cork I'd have been able to get it copied for about thirty euro, which is perfectly reasonable. And, in fact, because I'd /been/ living in Cork, I had decided twenty or thirty euro per manuscript came out to a lot of manuscripts photocopied before I'd come near the cost of a document scanner, and so hadn't pursued one. More fool I, it seems.
desperancedesperance on December 5th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)

Every time I post a corrected CEM, I worry about this: because of course I've never photocopied or scanned them, I only ever worry. And like you I have to send them transAtlantic, which does not inspire confidence at either end.

Never actually lost one so far, but that only increases the likelihood next time; except that I am going to cling to you and your experience for reassurance, on the dubious statistical grounds that they can only lose so many, and if they've lost yours that makes it less likely that they will lose mine when next I send one. So thank you, Catie: you have done other writers a service, by increasing the odds in their favour...

And I will buy you a drink on the strength of that, soon as we're in the same bar-space.
Jay Lakejaylake on December 5th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
:: always photocopies ::
:: without exception ::
:: pain of loss >>> financial pain ::
kitmizkit on December 5th, 2008 09:41 pm (UTC)
Given the level of these copy edits, I actually think the financial pain would be greater than the pain of loss. I've had CEs where I'd rather put my eyes out with a shrimp fork than lose them, but this was definitely not one of them.
crazyrenniecrazyrennie on December 5th, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
As someone who works in the shipping industry you could go to where you shipped it and ask them if they can pull an "end of day"report for the carrier used.

thats if you want to do that---
kitmizkit on December 5th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
I will attempt that. They might do it differently here, but it can't hurt to try! Thanks!
crazyrenniecrazyrennie on December 6th, 2008 12:36 am (UTC)
never a problem-
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on December 6th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
If it was UPSed or FedExed, they have to generate that report for the carrier to pick up the shipment. They might not *print* it, but they'll definitely have it in electronic form.

Incidentally, if you have the option of using DHL, be warned: They're about to go under.
wednesday childewedschilde on December 5th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)
ah, the stealthy em-dash....
Dan/Дмитрийicedrake on December 6th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
I must ask: Have you considered a scanner with a document feeder? I've acquired a combination scanner/printer/fax for work for US$250, and it's almost sufficient to do what you're after, though you'd need a larger capacity feeder. But if I were doing it, I'd much rather do the scan/save file/print route, as backup if nothing else. And not counting the cost of printing the scanned manuscript again, you would recoup your investment in just over two manuscripts.
allaboutm_e: Lilyallaboutm_e on December 7th, 2008 04:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear. Isn't technology supposed to prevent mishaps like this?

:: sends sympathy ::
ruford42 on December 8th, 2008 08:21 pm (UTC)
I know I've asked about it before with why don't publishers accept it in a digital form, ala Word, PDF or PostScript since I think most presses can go directly with the latter two and it's easy enough to generate the latter from the former...

But, even with them behind the times -- Seems like companies like FedEx and UPS are trying to get into the market for digital document management / delivery and I'd imagine Kinko's and similiar places are likewise doing the same -- Where you submit the digital form and they deliver a printed version?

I'm guessing the bulk of the cost is from shipping that much paper over the ocean? Just seems like a type of service that I'm surprised agents don't offer to writers abroad or that writers aren't inundated with offers from fans to contract for a similiar service -- even if payment is just 'first read' priviledges *innocent look*