This will be my last book update during the “60th year in 60,000 words” challenge. A few days ago I received the full-length, full-layout version of my book in pdf, just as it will appear when printed. They call it “First Pages.” Totally shivery exciting!
I was warned that layout people are NOT editors, and errors might slip in during layout. On first scan, I found a misspelled chapter title and two mislabeled illustrations. That convinced me to re-proofread with my most discerning eye. I have two weeks.
Any changes after this version, I’m told, will be difficult and costly, so this is for real time. On the other hand, they do accept new blurbs as late as January, even after the advance reader copies come out in late fall. Maybe preliminary pages are different from the body of the book. I’m learning. I continue to be amazed by the depth of involvement and the length of time it takes to produce a published book. Makes me want to write a second book so I can do it again knowing what I’m doing.
My 60th year in 60,000 words
Day 362: 183 words, TOTAL = 59,242; 758 remaining
Robin Clifford Wood is a writer and writing teacher. She lives in central Maine with her husband and dogs, loves to be outdoors, and enjoys ever-expanding horizons through her grown children and their multi-species families.