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Page Proofs Arrive [Sep. 10th, 2009|10:47 pm]

The page proofs of Oath of Fealty arrived while I was in the city today, so I will dive into them tomorrow morning even though Book Two revision ideas have bubbled up.   Deadlines trump everything else.

But it's another sign that the first of the new Paksworld books is moving inexorably towards its release date.   This is the really scary time for me.  Page proofs are the last time I get my sticky fingers on it (and I can't do much at this stage) so the next thing I hear will be the reactions of total strangers who've read it.   When I've sent the page proofs back, I'm fortunate that my schedule is suddenly busy again with speaking engagement and travel, or I'd be diving under the covers and hiding in closets... (Silly.  But true.)


[User Picture]From: ajl_r
2009-09-11 03:35 pm (UTC)
Is there usually a long time between page proof return and the publishing date? I can quite see that one might need distracting during such a period. :)
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-09-11 05:54 pm (UTC)
It varies with the publisher and the book both, but it's always at least a couple of months (because after this, it goes to the printer, and then the binder, and then the distributor...) And if the publisher wants to send out review copies, or advanced reading copies (ARCs, as they're commonly called) there needs to be time between sending those to a reviewer and the book's release date, so the review can be timed to coincide with the release.

I don't know how other writers feel about it, but for me it's definitely a "turn of the screw" period. The only effective treatment is working hard on the next book.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2009-09-28 01:43 pm (UTC)
Release is March next year. If you want to keep up with the current info, see cover art and maps and such, check out these:

http://www.paksworld.com (for cover art and maps and more background stuff)

http://www.paksworld.com/blog/ (for discussions, updates, etc.)
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