So, it turns out that caring for a newborn takes a lot of time. Go figure.
First, some news! My novel has a new title. Sorta. Now it will be STORM: Book 1 of the Elemental series. You may already know that water is the featured element in the first book, and as it’s set in September in Annapolis, there’s a lot of rain.
Book 2 will be SPARK (fire!), and I believe book 3 will be SPIRIT (surprise!).
The title has not yet been updated on Goodreads yet, but it has been updated on Amazon, in case you wanted to *ahem* preorder. No pressure.
I just got my copyedits (copy edits? I need a copyeditor for this blog post) last week. In case you don’t know, the copyeditor is someone who checks all your grammar, punctuation, and spelling, in addition to continuity, chronology, fact checking, and a whole bunch of things I don’t even want to think about.
Basically, a copyeditor is a person completely made of awesome.
I have a spot where I mention that an Air elemental would be able to cause illness, because he or she would be able to manipulate airborne viruses or bacteria. I specifically reference the Black Plague.
Here’s the copyeditor’s comment:
Bubonic plague is not caused by an airborne pathogen.
First off, I didn’t even know that. Did you know that? Would it even occur to you? Do you know how many people have read this book? That went over all of their heads, too. And this is such a teeny tiny detail.
This is why my copyeditor is badass.
In addition to the detailed notes throughout my manuscript, I received a Copyediting Style Sheet. This is an eight page document (eight pages!!) listing my book’s chronology (i.e., “X happens on Monday, Y happens on Tuesday”). This was exceptionally helpful, because there were a few spots in the manuscript where I referred back to the incorrect day.
(Did I mention that my copy editor is badass?)
There’s also a section of special words I use, like PMS-ing, or ‘sup, for consistency. Here’s my favorite: