I met with my publisher today, Beach Glass Books, and got the thumb drive with the suggested edits. I liked a lot of her ideas so far. Both the publisher and editor feel the book will do well. How well? Who knows. I can’t even predict that.
At this point I have a really big list and two weeks to get it done. Yikes.
Deep breath. I can do this.
I need to go through it and make some decisions and then I have to get someone to do a final proofing. So it’s a proofing after the editing. Meanwhile, the publisher will also do that.
This person I have to find who proofs will have about a week and I need someone who is obsessive about spelling/grammar and can do it digitally. Given the timeline, I might need to pay someone although it would be in the hundreds. This is stressing me out because I’m not sure where to start since no one is on my radar.
Part of me wants to see this come out in hardback just to legitimize the book. If you come out in paperback, you don’t then track back and do hardcover. So if I don’t do it at the beginning, I’ll likely never see hardcover. The survey said paperback but my ego wants to see hardback. I have two weeks to decide that.
I think the first printing will be two thousand copies. How long that will take to sell is anyone’s best guess.
Final picture decisions, editing decisions, final subtitle decision, one more blurb for the back cover (who should that be?), a back page paragraph (I think I can pull this from my proposal), bio picture (I have plenty of those). What else? I forgot but I have a list and a full schedule in the next two weeks.
Then after that, we look into book cover. The one on the image below is made up for now.
Deep breath. I’m not going to panic. I don’t have time to freak out. It’s not on the schedule.
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