We’re a little ways into the month, but with the Fourth of July holiday, I think things got a little behind Tate’s original schedule. I am excited to share with you that I’ve just received official word that The Decay Within has moved from Copy Editing over to Conceptual Editing.
So what is Conceptual editing? Well, copy editing dealt with grammar issues. Now, my conceptual editor is going to really go through the book and review it for the content. Does what I said on page 15 mesh with what I said on page 93. Would a particular statement be better in another spot? That sentence doesn’t make sense there and is confusing. All these are issues that will be address as we move through Conceptual Editing.
Lindsey Marcus has been assigned as my conceptual editor. I haven’t found out much about her yet, but I’m confident that I can expect great things! At this point, she’s reading through the book as we speak. On July 31st I receive her first review of the book. If things are the same as the last time with Without Regrets, I’ll get a color-coded Word document to go through, decipher and correct. Once I get that, I’ll have two weeks to go through those and figure out what I meant to say. For me, it will be the first time I’ve really looked at the manuscript since I sent it in. I think having a bit of a break will make it that much more fresh when I review it with Lindsey’s comments.
I also have a couple of other things to get down this month. For one, I am compiling “endorsements” for the book. Those are the wonderful blurbs at the beginning of books (or on the back cover) where other people have reviewed and offered an opinion on the book. I have received a couple already, but I need to get them typed up and submitted. I am also waiting on one more, that I hope to get in the very near future. I need to have these submitted by July 26th.
Another project is getting the “Backmatter” and “Author Bio” completed. Those are typically found on the back cover and are what so many of use to decide whether or not the book piques our interest. I need to get those in by the end of the month.
So now, I need your help! I’ve pasted in my rough draft for the Backmatter. Give me your thoughts and feedback on it in the comments section. Does it entice you to want to read the book? Too much? Not enough? Thanks for your help and I’ll be back once I get my first round of edits from Lindsey!
BACKMATTER“Picture perfect outside, rot and decay inside. Too often people spend huge amounts of time and resources perfecting the parts of their life that others can easily see, while neglecting the very foundation their life is built on. As a result, we may look like we have everything together to others, yet we’re rotting away like bones inside of a beautifully decorated tomb.
During the Biblical time of the prophet Amos, the people of Israel were living comfortable and prosperous lives. Yet, God sent Amos to give them a message of judgment and destruction. Why? The people of Israel had neglected their true foundation and instead focused on the outward things of this life. As a result, even though they couldn’t see it yet, their lives were decaying from the inside out.
In this Bible study, the reader will work through the words of Amos as he pleads with the people of Israel to replace their decaying foundation with one that is living, fresh, and whole. Are you decaying from the inside out? Join author Kristi Burchfiel as she guides you through what it takes to cast off the decay and experience Life throughout. ”