Tody in our staff meeting our publisher compared the editorial to production side of publishing to making sausage--"Sometimes you don't want to know how it was made."
It's a funny yet valid point. To the reader, a book is a delightfull collection of bound sheets between paper or board. They don't know that at one point it was a glimmer of an idea that an editor fought for, or a pile of (sometimes handwritten) papers that an editor has to turn into a compelling read that then must be sent to production to become an actual product.
It's probably better that way. If everyone knew the process, book buying could become really exhausting.
Kathryn Juergens, sales and marketing associate