The Shades of Milk and Honey style sheet
One of the things that I had heard other novelists talk about, but never seen, was the style sheet for their novels. The copyeditor for a given novel generates a style sheet to as a tool for the typesetter and proofreader to make sure that the novel is consistent. It includes a definition of house style, allowances for where the style deviates and spellings of character and place names.
One of the things that fascinates me is that there are a few names and places in there that I have no memory of writing. Like, what is the Spider’s Collonade Colonnade*? I also changed a character’s name mid-novel, which Deanna caught for me.
And this is only a tiny part of why a good copyeditor is worth her weight in gold. Or more, since Deana is slim…
*Deanna emailed me to let me know I’d just misspelled Colonnade here. See! A good copy editor see everything.
Edited to add: Deanna has two great posts about copy editing and style sheets. The Importance of Style Sheets and A Funny Note on Style Sheets