A manuscript goes through many stages to become a published book. First, your manuscript is assigned to the appropriate developmental editor (DE). The DE may make suggestions for some pretty significant changes—or, if the book is very clean, the changes may be minor. Expect this process to take one to three months, depending on the length of the book, the number and significance of edits required, the speed at which the author is able to return those edits to the editor, and the editor's schedule.
Once the book is done with developmental edits, it goes on to the line editor, then back to the author, possibly more than once. This process can take one to three months, sometimes more with an exceptionally long or error-prone manuscript or during a particularly busy season for your editor. After that, it goes to the copyeditor, and again back to the author, which can take an additional two to four weeks.
Then it goes to two separate proofreaders. When the proofreaders are done with it and you've had a chance to review their work, it goes to the typesetter, who lays out the manuscript and produces what’s called a galley. The galley first goes to a production proofer, who checks the page proofs for typographic errors (which are then corrected), and then it goes to between two and four Advance Readers, who read the laid-out book as readers to catch any last errors that may have slipped through the multiple proofing stages. We know that's a lot more editing than you'll find at many other digital publishers, and it may seem a bit intimidating, but it's how Riptide produces Manhattan-quality books, and we guarantee you'll be delighted with the end result!
Once the editing's done, we send the book to our converter, who uses software to convert your Word doc into a variety of ebook formats and then checks and codes each format by hand to ensure a beautiful and error-free layout. The finished conversions go to a production proofer, who double-checks the converter's work. Any errors found are fixed before the conversions are released.
Meanwhile, your chosen cover artist is hard at work giving your book the best possible face for the world. When you’re done with the galley and the cover artist is done with the cover, we put it all together into an ARC, which we then start sending out to reviewers in advance of publication. We like to have at least three months for this to generate the most exposure and excitement for your release we can. In a perfect world, we have four full calendar months to send your ARC to long-lead review sites like Romance Times, Library Journal, and Publisher's Weekly.
We are one of the only digital publishers in the LGBTQ space to offer true developmental edits, comprehensive line edits and copyedits, hand-coding for our ebook files, extensive production proofing, or long-lead pre-publication ARCs. This is why our production time is longer than most, but we firmly believe it's worth the wait.