Micheal Cobley

Interstellar Tactics




Orphaned Worlds: The Copy-Edit Two-Step

Got the  copyedit through from the litpixies at Orbit, and as always eye-openers come thick and fast. With emphasis on the word thick. Just goes to show – you really do need other eyes to look over that great mound of words and make sure that infelicities are hounded to their lairs and dragged out into the pitiless glare of daylight. To be sure, a lot of the necessary corrections are of the inexplicable words type, requiring clarification; occasionally, however, weird sentences turn up where clearly several words have just vanished, leaving the copy editor going ‘Wuh?’ Luckily, I still have my original longhand draft to refer to – and I was on the point of trashing it too. Mebbe I should keep it for some SF archive someplace.

Or put it on Ebay. Whaddyathink?

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Other Posts of Potential Interest:

  1. The Orphaned Worlds, 1st Draft Finished At Last
  2. The Orphaned Worlds, 1st Draft, 1st Excerpt
  3. Orphaned Worlds, 1st Draft, 2nd Excerpt
  4. Orphaned Worlds, 1st Draft, 3rd Excerpt
  5. Orphaned Worlds – 1st Public Appearance

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  1. Ann Jackson Says:

    November 28th, 2009 at 1:49 am

    Just finished Seeds of Earth and immediately looked up when book II will come out as I must have it.
    This was a great read Michael and you populated the universe with such a vivid group of characters.
    As an avid reader it is only occassionally that I encounter a book I don’t speed read, your book was consumed slowly savoring every word and creation.
    Bowral, NSW

  2. rockitboy Says:

    November 28th, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Many thanks, Ann. Your kind words are much appreciated. Book 2 has now been finalised and has started its journey down the weaving path of production that will lead to publication, round about June next year I`m afraid. If you’re stuck for reading material, have you tried Vernor Vinge’s ‘Fire Upon The Deep’ and its prequel? Or even some of Neil Asher’s stuff?

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