I turned in the manuscript for Do Fathers Matter? What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked in mid-October. My wife, Elizabeth, and I celebrated. The book was done!
It's been 10 years since the publication of my last book, Acquainted with the Night, about raising children with depression and bipolar disorder. And I'd forgotten how involved the process of publishing a book can be. Not that that's a bad thing: The more attention a publisher gives a book, the more likely it is to be "published well," as book people sometimes say.
Not long after I turned in my manuscript, I heard from my editor, Amanda Moon at Scientific American/FSG, that I should expect to receive a copy edited manuscript, which I would have to review line-by-line. Copy editors are sainted people who look for every misplaced comma, every detail, check page numbers of references, and determine whether the name of a gene should be in upper-case letters or lower-case. No reward in this world can recompense them for what they do. (If you don't believe in and afterlife, you probably shouldn't be a copy editor.) Mine was Annie Gottlieb, and she had help from FSG Production Editor Mareike Grover and Managing Editor Debra Helfand.