The last week was mainly devoted to formatting. Styles were updated and tuned, and associated with their text components. Today IO felt that the time has come to submit the manuscript for editing.
After two experiments with different editors for the introduction chapter, I have chosen WordDoctor from Servicescape. The editing will take a week to complete. Meanwhile, I will continue with the formatting refinement.
Initially I thought that implementing the recent review will be a piece of cake. However, as I started, one thing led to another, and the review implementation became a huge project. Parts of the manuscript were completely reformulated, chapters were split and moved around. However, all this is completed now, and I feel that the manuscript vastly improved. In fact, I am very satisfied with it.
I still iterate over the manuscript, looking for any mistakes and paragraphs that need improvement. However, now I am able to complete a whole iteration in a single working day. When the iteration time shrinks to an hour, I will know that the iterations end is near.
I did not choose a publisher yet. The publishing world has undergone a revolution since I published my previous book 25 years ago (should this be a surprise?). Now there are much more options, the cost went down, and the royalties up. And the author can be involved in the publication process to any degree, if he chooses to do so. As a DIY person, this fascinates me.
So, here I am. Probably in two weeks the manuscript will b e submitted to editing.
I have just received a detailed review from a colleague. The review ended with the words: "...well done, a huge body of work and comprehensive". I took this as a great compliment.
I deeply respect the opinion of this reviewer, and his comments will receive the utmost consideration, even if this will cause a delay in the publication.
I have just finished the raw manuscript of the book. It took about two years to complete. Now I am working on formatting and adding tables (contents, index, etc.).
The book is about 200 pages long, and contains about 42,000 words. There are more than 160 figures.