One of the things I didn’t know well when I started in on this contract was exactly how the timeline works. So in interest of helping others, I’ll let you look at what I’ve got so far. This is all pretty public knowledge, so I’m not giving away anything secret here:
May 11 Book deal approved (they were negotiating with my agent at this point.)
May 15 Book deal announced in Publisher’s Weekly
June 29 B1 edit letter received (due Oct 1)
July 3 Contracts mailed to me by agent, promptly read and returned
Oct 1 B1 turned in to new editor (I then went on vacation to Portugal/Spain)
Nov 1 B2 start work
Dec 4 B1 edit letter 2 received (due 60 days)
Dec 14 B1 revision returned to editor
Dec 15 B1 changes accepted, sent to proof (copy editing)
April 1 B2 turned in to editor
April 2 B3 start work
May 17 B1 copyedits (due May 29)
May 23 B1 copyedits turned in
June 1 B2 revisions expected from editor (due 60 days)
Nov 5 B1 debuts
Jan 1 B3 due to editor
Now, of course, schedules vary for each company, so this isn’t going to match other people’s experiences. But I thought I’d share ;o) Also, I had an editor change during Book 1, which does happen.
Interesting to note: in April and May of this year, I was working on 3 different books. That means switching back and forth and trying to keep my head straight.
Any other details I should put in to this?