Not the same full-body check as last time, but here we are, four months from release, and we're still tweaking. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not bothered by this at all, and I'm pretty darn happy to have an editor who is this dedicated to making my book the best it can be. And the things caught are things I look at and think, "gee, why didn't we notice that earlier?" But that's how things go.
There are lots of reasons for this really. Revision smudge is the most common. Something got changed, and that affected something else that wasn't noticed until another read through. Or small details that stand out now that you've read the book eight times. (or more) Then there are the things that need fixing that are purely design related. Like too many hyphens in a row, or the word "the" stacked up on three separate lines. Did you know you had to rewrite to fix that stuff? Me neither. There's only so much you can do with kerning.*
I'm also waiting on edits from my UK editor (still fun to say), but the page proofs I just got look pretty cool design-wise. And totally different from the US version. (I'll do a longer post on US vs UK later).
While we're talking about edits, here are two fabulous posts on editing and revising. The Blood-Red Pencil and My VerboCity. Consider them my penance for a short post :)
*the space between the letters