CEM is mailed off back to the copy-editing director.
What have I learned lately? That I’ve gotten more concise, but I still find random words and occasionally entire sentences that just don’t need to be there. That I’ve gotten better at the “that/which” distinction, though I still screw it up occasionally. That since I haven’t the faintest clue about the “further/farther” distinction, I’ve apparently decided to use “further” for everything. (And that 99% of the time, that’s the wrong choice.)
The slog took a while in part because I read the entire. book. out loud to myself. (In a whisper, to save my voice.) It’s amazing how much more you catch, doing it that way. It’s also amazing how much longer it takes. And I find myself questioning whether it’s really worth the effort, whether changing that one word or removing that repetition or eliminating “that” or “had” from a sentence really makes any difference at all.
This falls into the category of “If you start asking those questions, you’d better find another job.”
Now I get a month or so before the page proofs land on my doorstep. And, for those who were wondering (by which I mean my brother), no, the ARC typesetting isn’t final. They’re changing the font on the title page and the epigraphs, and the Tiresias sections will probably be italicized. Which are all changes I’m glad to see.