PAUSE FOR HAPPY DANCE!
Okay, you’re higher than a kite right now, but you’ll need to come down to earth to find out what they expect you to do next. They’ll assign an editor to you to start, and guess what? They’ll want you to make even more changes to your manuscript. That’s right, after several critiques, editing, re-editing and line editing–they will want you to edit your manuscript yet again. Do it.
Oh sure, you can argue against it and state that the manuscript is as edited as it’s going to be, and they’ll probably fire your ass right there and then. Producing a book is a team effort; you’ll need to be a team player. You need to be cooperative. A good editor will help you to improve a manuscript, not butcher it. Accept the help. Remember, the final product will have your name on it.
If your book needs illustrations, the publisher arranges for an illustrator. Publishers of Children Literature do not want the writer to submit illustrations or even detailed concepts for illustrations. Your role on the team is to contribute the words. The publisher makes the book.
A typeset copy will reach you at some point in the process, for you to inspect. This draft is called galleys or galley proofs. Galleys require your utmost attention, as this is your last chance to make any final changes or corrections to the text yourself.
A few months prior to publication, the publisher will let you know of the scheduled release date for your book. A red flag should be waving at this point. This would be a good time to begin your marketing plan for your title release. It’s time to market your book, since the publisher doesn’t usually participate actively in this effort. This is a little known fact by authors. What they must realize is that publishers promotional budgets are limited, especially for new authors. Big payouts seldom happen to writers of children books, unless you are J.K. Rowlings, or have a J.K. Rowlings’ type of book series going on.
In short, authors cannot afford to sit on the sidelines during the publishing of their books, the most important game of their lives.