author review in progress...almost complete
I have handed back two chapters of AR, and have five here to do, and two more have yet to get to me (one has but there was a mixup and I'm not sure what's going on with it right now). These chapters look pretty good. I am blessed with a great tech editor (handpicked!) and a great copyeditor (Hi Mike!). I know that a lot of authors don't dig the copyeditor or they think they're silly folks who get too bent out of shape about comma splices and what not, but a good copyeditor is such a relief for me. I write my books just like I write a blog post, which is to say it's somewhat stream-of-consciousness. Not in a James Joyce way, more like "this is the way it comes out of my brain and I don't think about it ahead of time and boy am I glad the stuff in my brain is already fairly formed." I go back and reread it for clarity, but I don't stress over making it perfect.
After I turn in an original chapter, it goes to the tech editor who reviews it for technical accuracy and clarity. After tech editing it goes to the development editor (I think), who looks at it from an overall "does this
It's all very exciting, and not terribly stressful at all; the author review is my favorite part of the process.