Discovering the awesomeness of Google Documents and Track Changes

Maybe I'm a bit behind the technological curve, but I am very excited to be trying out google documents with track changes for one of my current WIP's.  The editing phase of Totem was tolerable, but very time consuming. My beta readers would make changes to my word documents, highlight the change, and send them back to me when they had finished the whole book. Then I would click through three to six different versions of changes trying to remember which commas I had already added, and trying to keep strait which document I had open. If I had been working with just one person at a time, and if we would have had the same version of Word it probably would have been easier. I did try track changes with one reader, but our versions of Word were different (mine is not current) and her comments would show up nowhere near where she intended them to be. So she went back to highlighting the text whenever she made a change.

Anyway, my husband watched over the course of months as I painstakingly typed in all of the edits. He had recently purchased a Chromebook for himself and asked me to try it out as he thought one would make a good replacement for my netbook which is nearing the end of its natural life.

My thoughts on the google doc track changes so far? It's pretty cool! I like that I can "accept" or "decline" an edit at the click of a button and in real time. That means me and my editor can be working on the same document simultaneously and our changes are showing up on each other's screens. Another perk is that I can allow multiple people to be working on the same document - each person can pick a color for their changes to be highlighted in and away we go again, all at once! It's like a party minus the music and snacks. My editor has recently relocated to the UK, so that adds an additional level of "whoa" to the equation for me. 

I have to say that (so far) this is a massive upgrade from the first time I edited this manuscript. Way back in 2010, I had my readers edit printed versions of the manuscript. Ouch! Here's to saving time, money, trees, and frustration. I'm sure I will find things about google docs that are imperfect, but for now I will celebrate and enjoy and edit.

Is anyone else in love with google docs?!? Let me know if there is anything I should know!