I just rolled in from the publisher meeting over the proofs of the first edition.
I have a few changes to make regarding the layout, which from what I can tell should be very simple. The typeface came out great and it’s easy to read. For those of us grizzled old dudes with less than perfect eyesight without reading glasses, the pages look good.
The main issue I have in layout concerns the last pages of each chapter. There are different rules of thumb regarding leaving a blank facing page to the next chapter or run the text right up to the first page of the next chapter. Right now I am leaning towards a blank facing page just for simplicity sake. It all depends on things like a hanging paragraph or one or two lines of text. I suspect there will be some nudging involved.
There is also the manner of the layout for the table of contents. The raw table just listed the single chapters and I agreed it looked a tad sparse. They suggested I also list the subheadings throughout the chapters as this publication will be more historical in nature and should have the subheadings listed as well.
About the cover. Well, there seems to be a small issue with the cover being completed as I initially wanted. It looks good as the full cover image came out crisp and sharp, but the title font, placement, and the process used to complete the title in the fashion I had ordered would wind up costing me $1000 for 500 copies of the cover (required minimum).
Not ‘gonna happen.
The process is called stamping and these can only be done in bulk orders for cost effectiveness. For the time being since this a first run private printing of a small limited number for initial giveaways, I didn’t feel the stamping title cost is warranted at this time.
[ insert crying whiny face ]
Maybe if we get an unbelieveable response for the preorders when it comes up, then and only then would this be an option. In the meantime, we are going to run with an initial simple unretouched block title cover.
Tonight I am most definitely going to sit here and go through all of this page by page, letter by letter, to set up the final print edits and layout changes to be sure.
When I am satisfied we are ready, I will run the finals back to the publisher tomorrow (December 13) and we will have a final meeting over all of this. They may wish to quickly run off a quick print to sign off on – and we are off and running.
Just as a side note, when I came out of the publishers’ my hands were shaking terribly. Not because I was scared or anything, just that I so want this to be perfect and sometimes the nerves don’t quite go along with that concept as we may wish.
As for other stuff on this day, I have a TON of great news which I am saving for you guys and I plan on an announcement video for the release of the book, as well as a lot of other things I have been working on for which I hope you will be as excited about as I am.
I will be back here to be sure and give you a heads up when this will happen. Also, I will post another blog entry in a few days for the status of Exhibit 7 and I am going out on a limb to get this ready by a carved-in-stone release date this time (even if it kills me and several small furry animals in my immediate surroundings).
Cheers my friends, we will talk again soon — Brian