This past week I received the FIRST full look at my entire manuscript from the typesetter.
My job now is to go through every word and page alignment (text and photos) and okay it or ask that what is not "right" be re-done.
It is quite more "real" to see this PDF and how all has been put together. There are many needs I am addressing as I go through it in regard to formatting and have run into a few typos of my own.
Once I get through this stage, I will submit it and any corrections will be made (hopefully) and I will get it back for another "go through".
There is one interior graphic that was not implemented correctly and that re-do will take place once the graphic designer is back from her honeymoon mid-August.
I have no clue ( have not been told) as to how long it will take when all of this formatting/typesetting is completed for the books to be printed - they will be sending me a few "free ones"!!
An eBook will be prepared elsewhere once all is okayed for printing. It is possible that printing may be done before I am ready to launch the book for sale. There is a lot more I need to seek out in terms of information about the business side of this and I want to be clear before the book is launched.
I am kept on a pretty short leash regarding information as the publisher believes in one step at a time.
I am still seeking (and have word out) for a website teacher who will take me on in person to complete a website. A website was barely begun with help online in April but that instructor "left" with promises of returning. I realize I do need someone "at my elbow" to help me navigate this process. I learned a lot in the two weeks the online instructor was with us but am now very lost in implementing what I learned.
I have the vision for the website which is a plus. If you'd please pray for this need, I am most appreciative.
As I have said all along, the timing of when this all comes together IS in God's hands. As frustrating as the delays have been - more correctly the human reasons for the delays - they are all working toward good.
The finished book is going to be a wonder! I can barely wait to have "her" available to nourish and encourage others.
Below are photos taken in 2011 as I readied notebooks of the full manuscript for those who said they would endorse my book. My workspace (the rug and my couch) are most lovely, don't you think!!
However, this will give you a peek at the size the book will be (8.5 x 11). The image is a watercolor done for the text message it reflects. There are 5 such watercolors in the book which were done specifically for it. The rest of the images are 55 full page color photos of real life images - not sketches. And there are 5 interior graphics which are photos used as "headers" with some text flowing out of them.