Does it seem like I’m feeding the blog less lately? Maybe that’s because I’ve been working on stuff other people wrote. I’m just about to release three books on Hamaca Press, all by Mérida writers. Then I can focus on at least three more books that are on the horizon, due out this fall.
When I started getting with books, I capitalized on my experience from daily newspapers and weekly magazines, where I’ve worked all my professional life as an editor and designer. I’m accustomed to a fast pace. Stories run through the meat grinder, and if you’re bored with one project, another one is right behind it. I wasn’t sure how I would cope with having one project linger for weeks and weeks. Turns out that wasn’t really a problem. A properly published book of 50,000-100,000 words actually takes months and months of painstaking work. And I’ve found that I have a perfectionist streak (not that I’m doing perfect work).
This blog has a proofreader, my persnickety partner Paul. Since he’s always finding mistakes I’ve overlooked, I realize that I need to farm out the proofreading to others. Since I want to track the changes, I had the freelance editor proof [Read more…]