Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Galleys

A little late in posting . I received galleys for The Better Part of Darkness last week. Galleys are a bit mysterious because they can come in different forms -- on regular sized paper, but sized down in the center to reflect the size and font of your book, or printed in landscape form with two paperback book-sized pages on each sheet (as mine is done), or galleys can come as a bound book with no cover image, or with a cover image.

These are my first pass galleys. I will get a second pass set as well. Once you see the size/font of your actual book, it makes reading a little different. You tend to catch things at this stage that you'd miss otherwise. You can see how long paragraphs will run in actual book form, how dialogue looks, etc...

(Here's a pic at the layout -- I sized it down, so that y'all can't read the page. I know, I'm mean...but no sneak peaks just yet!)

But the goal here is to check for grammar, typos, inconsistencies, anything that was missed in the copy edit. Galleys kind of drive home how important those revisions and copy edits are. Copy edits are your chance to dig in and fix, to rewrite if necessary. Once galleys arrive, your opportunity to tear things apart and rewrite is pretty much gone. (Unless, of course, you catch some gigantic plot hole that needs addressing). But, at this stage, rewriting in galleys will cause your editor a lot of extra work. Not good.

So how do I fix any mistakes I find in the galleys? Just like I did in the copy edits. Mark them with a pencil or pen, or some folks like to create a new document and just write a list of page numbers and the mistakes and then turn that in. Different strokes, for different folks. My editor is cool with however I want to do it, which is awesome. It's easier for me to just mark the actual page and send whatever pages I marked back to Pocket.

So there ya go. A look into the galley process from my end. :-)

6 comments:

snaffle1 said...

Cool, never even knew that existed! Consider me educated!

SJDuvall said...

That's very cool. I never knew you got a second pass at galleys and the differences between copy edits and galleys. Are ARCs just one step further along? Or can they be the same as a galley?

Either way, very awesome that you're so close to seeing that book on shelves! Congrats!!

Kelly Gay said...

Hey, James! ;-) Yep, there are a lot of neat things like this along the way...

SJ -- Thanks! Some folks refer to 'bound galleys' as ARCs. Kind of gets confusing at this point, lol. The galleys in my post aren't bound, the bound ones will basically (from what I understand)look like a book but without the cover image or sometimes with, so at that stage, I believe they're pretty much the same thing as ARCs. But it's also different with every publisher...

I'll do a post with my second set to show the difference. :-)

Jamie Eyberg said...

Here I thought I was one of the last to do edits with pen and paper. thanks for the education.

Donna said...

Found your blog through Colleen's blog. Congrats on your debut novel-- must be exciting as November nears! I love how you are sharing the process. Opening the ARCs must have been an incredible feeling!

Kelly Gay said...

Hi Donna! Thanks for stopping by! ;-)