Cascade Publishing House is pleased to introduce its editorial board. We are a three person board. In addition to this writer, the members of the editorial board are Cynthia M. Harvey and Patricia Marsh. You can say that Cascade Publishing House is a family affair. Cynthia and I have been married for 35 years and Patricia has been married to Cynthia’s brother for the past 37 years.
When a book proposal comes in we run the proposal through the group. First, the manuscript is read by me. It is then discussed with the two other editors.
Once it has been determined that it is a book project that we would like to see materialize, the manuscript undergoes a thorough review and edits by this writer.
It is then passed along to Senior Editor Cynthia M. Harvey, where it undergoes another round of edits. Cynthia has a keen sense for the right word. She is a wordsmith’s wordsmith and the editorial board relies upon her to strengthen the text of the manuscript that we are determined to turn into a published work of art. Cynthia comes to the publishing business after a career in broadcast journalism and public relations. She earned degrees from Spelman College and The Columbia School of Broadcast.
After Cynthia has gone over my suggested edits and added her on suggestions, the manuscript comes back to me for more polishing. I then pass the manuscript on to Patricia. Her strength is in shoring up sentence structure. Additionally, Patricia serves as our fact checker. We want to make sure that the information given to the reader is factual and accurate. Patricia is a retired school teacher. She taught in the Dalton Public Schools system for 30 years. Patricia earned an undergraduate degree from the University of Akron, a Masters of Education degree from the University of West Georgia and the degree of Educational Specialist from Valdosta State University.
When I get the manuscript back from Patricia, I will make additional edits, then hand it off to Cynthia. She will review the suggested edits from Patrica and myself and add any additional edits she may have.
Following, Cynthia’s second round of edits, the manuscript comes back to me for the final edits. We then read the manuscript one more time before submitting it to the client for final approval. Once we get the go ahead, we send the manuscript out to our readers, Terry Wiggins and Rutha De Jesus to see if the manuscript hits the mark. After we receive their input, we ship the manuscript off to the printer. Usually, within two weeks our client is holding their masterpiece in their hands.
Harold Michael Harvey is an American novelist and essayist, the author of Paper puzzle and Justice in the Round, Easier to obtain Than to Maintain: The Globalization of Civil Rights by Charles Steele, Jr.; and the host of Beyond the Law with Harold Michael Harvey. He can be contacted at haroldmichaelharvey.com.