Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Waiting Game

So, as my publisher said, “now we wait.” That’s not an exact quote, mind you, but its close. As soon as I get the “Final” iteration of the cover, I’ll post it and solicit comments. I know, I had the cover up last week, but I spotted an irregularity and took it down. Now it’s in rework. It’s a small change, so I don’t expect it will take all that long, but in the meantime, I expect the galleys are in the pipeline, at least that’s my impression of “What’s next.”
I didn’t know what galleys were until a year ago. Who knew they made a book of a book? For those who are not knowledgeable in the publishing biz (like me), a galley is a proof … like in photos. Remember when the photographer gave you those brownish pictures of yourself and told you to pick one for the high school yearbook? They’re like that. Except they’re not brown.
According to Wikipedia:
In printing and publishing, proofs are the preliminary versions of publications meant for review by authors, editors, and proofreaders, often with extra wide margins. Galley proofs may be uncut and unbound, or in some cases electronic. They are created for proofreading and copyediting purposes, but may be used for promotional and review purposes also.

Galley proofs are so named because in the days of hand-set type, the printer would set the page into galleys, the metal trays into which type was laid and tightened into place. These would be used to print a limited number of copies for editing mark-up. The printer would then receive the edits, re-arrange the type, and print the final copy.

Some publishers use paper galley proofs as advanced reading copies, providing them to reviewers, magazines, and libraries in advance of final publication. These print-on-demand (POD) pre-publication publicity proofs are normally bound, but may be lacking illustrations (or have them in black and white only). Proofs in electronic form are rarely offered for advance reading.

I hate cutting & pasting from Wikipedia, but sometimes there is no sense in reinventing the wheel. Besides, they said it much better than I ever could.
So there you have it. That’s where we are … I think. Now I wile away my copious spare time working on the new effort; a Crime Thriller where the protag’s sister is murdered and….

Well, you’ll just have to wait.

Maybe I’ll see if we can include the first chapter at the end of Chain of Evidence.

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