June 27th, 2008



What an exciting day this is!!  My manuscript arrived looking like the pages of a real book.  Now I have to roll up my sleeves and go through it with a fine tooth comb.  This is my last chance to make changes or correct errors, and only minimal changes are allowed.  I am so pleased with the work done at Berkley Books.  The type face is striking, as is the layout. 


I started in by reading the title page and publisher’s page.  Whoa...wait a minute...the legal disclaimer states that   “This is a work of fiction.  Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual personas, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.  The publisher does not have any control over and does not assume any responsibility for author or third-party websites or their contents.”  Yikes!  That’s the farthest thing from the truth.  I immediately contacted my editor and she said someone must have stuck in a boiler plate disclaimer...obviously someone who did not know what my book was about.  My editor assured me that the disclaimer we worked on together will be the one used.


Then she told me that my changes would not show up in the galley prints.  I hyperventilated, until she assured me that the disclaimer would definitely be changed before the galley run.  Why was this important?  Well, the galley prints are the copies sent out to the world for reviewers and with all the flack about memoirs not being completely truthful, I panicked.  That’s all someone would need to see.  Fortunately we diverted a potentially damaging roadblock.


I finished my editing in four days and, since the changes were minimal, I faxed them to my editor.  Thank goodness.  Mailing the manuscript via overnight mail costs almost $70.