Sep 7, 2008

Galley Ho!


Saturday morning a UPS delivery guy brought me the galleys to my book. The galleys show you how the book is going to appear on the book actual page, as opposed to staring at a computer screen or 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper for a year. Very exciting. I love what they did with the titles, using the conversation bubbles that are on teh front cover, and i love the typefaces they are using for the top of the book page (I'm sure there's a technical name for it). In any event, I love how it's coming together and everyone's creativity in the process.

My editor, as well as a professional proofreader, will be reading the galleys as well, but this is my last shot to make changes: correct awkward sentences, missed words, I already did spot a few when reviewing a chapter last week. I thought, "wow, I skipped over a few words. Yeesh!" But the Editorial Director me it's par for the course. So it was good to know that kind of thing is normal. Here's what two pages look like.

















Now, Of course I can't go and rewrite an entire chapter; or insert or delete massive amounts of text. But it's one step closer to being finished. And one step closer to feeling like it's really happening. That part is very exciting. It brings up all sorts of other fears like, "no one is ever going to read this book." Followed by, "I will be a legal secretary for the rest of my life." Followed by "Until another Great Depression hits (because no one read the book and got encouraged) and I end up working at Pup N Taco, until the grease fire scars my face beyond recognition and so Larry divorces me and I have to move to China and work in a plastics factory.












Oh, where was I? Book galleys arrived; very exciting. Book is on they way. Please buy one when it comes out so I don't end up in a Chinese assembly line.

12 comments:

Jana said...

Very exciting!

I went to Lutheran school in elementary. I remember the sad, serious, Norwegian Jesus. He hung on the wall in the classroom, just above a wooden stand with an open Bible on it.

Jana

Wendy Melchior said...

I'll buy two. VERY exciting and I celebrate with you!!!

Larry said...

I'm really proud of you!

Leslie said...

Well, if Lar divorces you just because of a little hideous facial scarring, send him over here and I'll just smack him upside the head with his old Traveling Wilburys CD and we'll straighten him right out. Rock on, Pup N Taco!
Seriously, kudos on the book. Good job. Can't wait to read it!

Kim Gottschild said...

I am totally planning on buying your book when it comes out, for what it's worth! I'll probably get one for my mom and sister in law, too. Can't wait to read it!

Susan Isaacs said...

Thank you, all. That's four steps further away from the plastics assembly line!

Amy said...

how exciting to see a printout of your book! i'll buy a copy when i move back to the States and can officially collect books again (without worrying about paying massive shipping costs)

Ted and Lori said...

Two copies? Pshaw. I'm buying a whole box.

Ruth said...

Me, too. Hey, what happened with the pool genie?

Anna said...

Yahoo!

Sales, schmales. What you've already accomplished, no one can take away from you.

(Okay, but sales are nice too. But let's not worry too far ahead of the game. Enjoy this moment!!)

Maureen said...

Well, I was going to say that I would buy at least two copies....but I guess more than a few people stole that line (however true it may be).

Your Central Valley fan club is eagerly awaiting the books arrival and will gladly take up a collection for no other reason than to keep you out of China :)

Debbie said...

Just let me know who I should ask to headline for your book opening. (o:

AWESOME!!!!!

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