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Derek Lowe, an Arkansan by birth, got his BA from Hendrix College and his PhD in organic chemistry from Duke before spending time in Germany on a Humboldt Fellowship on his post-doc. He's worked for several major pharmaceutical companies since 1989 on drug discovery projects against schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, diabetes, osteoporosis and other diseases. To contact Derek email him directly: Twitter: Dereklowe

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April 1, 2014

Off To the Publishers

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Posted by Derek

I don't know if my publisher was pulling my leg by having the deadline for the manuscript of "The Chemistry Book" be April 1, but that's what the contract says. And I've sent the thing off, so it's now in the hands of the editors. There's more to be done - I have some more dates to track down, for one, and I'd like to insert some more references for further reading. And then there are the illustrations, for which I've sent along many suggestions, and I'll need to write the captions for those once we've settled on what pictures to use. But the bulk writing is done, I'm glad to say.

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1. Anonymous on April 1, 2014 12:35 PM writes...

Congratulations, must be a great feeling. Just wait until you have a beautiful hard copy in your hands, smelling those pages!

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2. John Wayne on April 1, 2014 12:37 PM writes...

I'm floored that you actually met the deadline; your editor may think the submission is an April fool's joke.

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3. Pig Farmer on April 1, 2014 12:51 PM writes...

I look forward to buying a copy. I got "The Drug Book" a few weeks ago, and am enjoying that (disappointed that there aren't any chemical structures though). I also got a copy of KCNs "Molecules that changed the world". That has plenty of structures, complete with his idiosyncratic colouring scheme.

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4. Pig Farmer on April 1, 2014 12:54 PM writes...

Will autographed copies be available for your readers?

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5. pacman on April 1, 2014 1:09 PM writes...

Really looking forward to buying a copy of this! Now I just have to hope that the whole "editing" thing won't take too long!

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6. Bring the Movies on April 1, 2014 1:29 PM writes...

I'd buy a copy if I wasn't about to lose my job....

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7. Robert Bruce Thompson on April 1, 2014 1:30 PM writes...


Now the fun starts, as you go through the copy-edit phase. I hope you get a clueful copy editor who recognizes that your characteristic style is a good thing, rather than something to be flattened into his/her idea of proper English. (I've had running battles--all in good fun--with various copy editors over the last 15 years, usually about the serial comma and/or that/which. I call the latter "whichhunters".)

Eventually, you'll get the out-the-door PDF, which you'll go through with a fine-tooth comb, or as much of one as you have time to use. Then it'll be over and you'll wait for the book to hit print. When you get your author copies, you'll flip the book open to a random page and immediately notice a glaring error. Happens every time.

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8. Derek Lowe on April 1, 2014 2:40 PM writes...

#7, RBT

That's one of the things I'm worried about, to be honest. I like the way I've written the entries (I'd better), and I think that they read well. But it would be easy to iron them flat, and I hope that I don't have to keep refolding the origami, over and over!

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9. eyesoars on April 1, 2014 8:27 PM writes...

Congratulations! I look forward to future progress reports, and eventually, a copy!

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10. Anonymous on April 2, 2014 3:01 AM writes...

Excellent news Derek, really looking forward to buying my copy!

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11. oldnuke on April 2, 2014 6:45 AM writes...

@8: Based on very limited experience, remember that YOUR name is going on the cover, not the CopyNazi, er, editor's. gr

I got about half way through a book, but was so disgusted with the editor that I withdrew the manuscript and shredded all of the copies.

I didn't have any advances to worry about and the contract was pretty much a joke. Thankfully.

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12. Anonymous on April 2, 2014 7:40 AM writes...

Congrats, looking forward to buying the finished product when it comes out!

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13. gippgig on April 3, 2014 2:32 AM writes...

If you'd like it proofread I'll take a look at it. I don't have time to go over it with a fine-toothed comb, but I'm good at that sort of thing.

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