When the first edition of Grant Writing for Dummies® was published in 2001, I never dreamed that there would be future editions and that I would be tapped to write each edition. Since I’m in the middle of writing the fifth edition of Grant Writing for Dummies®, I thought that this would be a good time to share my writing and editing process.
First, my literary agent contacts me to share Wiley Publishing’s interest in a new edition. Next, I am asked to submit an annotated table of contents using the previous edition’s version to show how I’ll update each chapter. The publisher reviews my ideas for revisions and approves the content. Once all parties have negotiated and signed-off on the contract for the revision, I create a workplan for every anticipated change in the revised edition. The workplan covers developing an online cheat sheet (new for this edition), articles for each of the sections that precede each set of chapters, front matter, and an introduction. In addition to the chapters (there are typically 22-23), I provide a complete example of a grant application narrative and other online resources (also new for this edition).
My publisher provides a project editor and other subject area experts to edit my first round of drafts. When the edited chapters start coming back to me, they’re usually lit up like a winter holiday display with tracked changes in red and blue font. I review the edits and accept by adding additional content or clarifying my message for the Dummies book format.
What does my daily workplan consist of? Reviewing the chapter content from the fourth edition and making the following changes: chapter title and subtitles; updating outdated information; creating new figures (tables, graphs, and other charts); and rewriting grant proposal narrative content examples, among other tasks.
Look for Grant Writing for Dummies®, 5th edition, in early 2014!
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