Edits for my book are here! These arrived FAST. My editor notified me late last week that they were coming AND HERE THEY ARE! (All the way from New York! Squee!)
BWUAHAHAH. In the digital age, I love that so many traditional publishers still edit the old-fashioned way. There's something insanely cool about having your pages physically in front of you with your editor's handwritten comments :)
Only this first round will be done this way though. Further editing will, I believe, be done digitally. And HOPEFULLY, there won't be too many more rounds before the manuscript goes to copyediting.
That's 323 typed pages, in case you're wondering haha.
If you're also wondering how much editing a book goes through before it hits the shelves, here's a general list:
~ Content edits. Big picture stuff. Plot, characterization, world building, POV. The author generally receives an editorial letter (which can be upwards of 30 pages long! lol) outlining all the issues that need to be addressed. This can go on for however long it takes until both editor and author are happy with the changes.
~ Line edits. Line by line edits that address things like inconsistencies or contradictions, word choices, paragraph changes, places that could use a little expanding or trimming, etc.
(In my case, I received both my editorial letter and line edits at the same time because my content edits weren't substantial. Win!)
~ Copyedits. This is pretty much entirely technical. Grammar and punctuation, usually adhering to the Chicago Manual of Style. Fact-checking happens here as well.
~ First pass pages. This is a copy of the text exactly how it will look in book form. All titles, text, and chapter headings will be formatted to the way it will look in the actual book. Unless you are also getting ARCs, this is basically the last chance the author gets to make changes to the book.
~ Advanced reader copies (ARCs). The purpose of ARCs is for promotion and to spread early buzz about the book. But they also provide the author a last chance to make changes to the book before it goes to print.
And that's basically how the editing process works for traditionally published books :D EXCITING!!!