Ten Things You Need to Know about Editorial Production. The arduous path to publication doesn’t begin or end when the manuscript is passed off to the publishing house. In “How a Book Is Born,” Editors from the Northwest Independent Editors Guild will walk you through the book production process for both independent and traditional publishing. From the early stages – before the manuscript is even done – to the middle stages of finetuning and copy editing, and the later stages of design, galley, and proofreading, we’ll talk about the people and procedures you’ll encounter and how to make the most of your part in the process. You’ll leave this presentation with a better understanding of how a book comes to life and what you can do to make it all go smoothly.