‘Smart Parenting’ by Dina Cooper

Dina and I were a team on this one, working together right through from first draft to publication.

I started by assessing her first draft, then followed up with a couple of long phone conversations to get to know her subject matter and her approach. I then created a mind map of her key concepts, which we used as the basis for the new structure.

From here I created a draft structure, which we refined over the process. Then the rewriting began. Time was tight, so we worked chapter by chapter , Dina would send me each chapter to edit while she got to work on the next one.  Once the draft was complete, we both reviewed the whole manuscript, tweaked a bit, then sent it out to a proofreader.

While it was being proofed we worked on her blurb (back cover copy) and the prelims and end matter (testimonials, author bio, imprint page, acknowledgements).

I then typeset the book while she liaised with the cover designer.

Amazingly we got this all done in a couple of months. I wouldn’t recommend working at this pace, but it can be done if you have the intense time to devote to it.

You can read her testimonial here.

And you can find her book here.