Things are changing in publishing, as e-publishing, indy-publishing and self-publishing are gaining popularity. It is interesting to see exactly why.
Diana Gabaldon has a recent blog entry about her latest projects. It includes are very thorough explanation of the long process of having a book published in the traditional manner.
The workings of a small indy-press like Lintusen are much simpler, because fewer people and projects are involved. When everyone is paid on percent of royalties, they’re all keen to get the work out as promptly as possible. When only one or two projects are in progress at any one time, the process can be streamlined. All the same things Gabaldon mentions do happen though, just much more efficiently than with a huge corporate publisher.
Editing is a long, long process. It makes me laugh at times. When my students are sure they’re done a composition because they’ve read it through once, I can’t help but smirk and tell them what the editing process is really like!
Thanks to my amazing editor, Vikki for her skill! (She even corrects my Facebook slips! lol)