December 1st, 2010

Just Received My Book Contract!

by Jacqueline Whitmore

I‘ve got some very good news! I recently received my contract from my publisher, St. Martin’s Press!  This 31-page document was way too complicated and overwhelming for me to understand so I turned it over to my literary agent, Rita Rosenkranz, to review.  A literary agent is someone who protects an author’s rights and makes sure the author gets the best book deal possible.  She also serves as the lubricant, so to speak, between an author and an editor and helps iron out any challenges that might occur during the publishing process.

The working title for the book was THE ELEGANT EDGE, but now the book has a new title:  SUCCESS IS IN THE DETAILS: The Four Key Qualities That Distinguish Outstanding Professionals.

I am obligated to finish my manuscript by February 28.  Yes, I know…February is right around the corner!  I consider myself a very good writer but in order to meet this aggressive deadline, I’ve assembled a team to help me.  Marilyn Murray Willison is my writing coach and she helps improve my grammar and punctuation.  Leslie Charles is my manuscript doctor.  Just in case you’re wondering, a manuscript doctor is someone who maintains an author’s voice and improves grammar, jazzes up chapter titles and headers, substitutes everyday words with eye catching or melodic ones, helps clarify incomplete ideas, adds humor, when appropriate, and polishes the entire project.  In other words, she takes my black and white words and turns them into a technicolor masterpiece!  Leslie edited my first book, BUSINESS CLASS, and did a fabulous job, I might add.

The editing process won’t end when I finish my manuscript in February.  My editor, Alyse Diamond, will carefully go through all of the chapters and make changes, comments and suggestions. Finally, Alyse will pass my manuscript on to a copy editor who will check for more grammatical errors.  With each editorial pass, I will make the suggested changes until the work is “perfect.”

Writing a book is both exciting and challenging, but like anything else, it’s a whole lot easier when you have a fabulous support system.  I am grateful for my amazing team and look forward to sharing the process with you!

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