They have arrived! The galleys. I speak the obvious when I say – This is soooo exciting!!!
Galleys are the closest to book form that your story will reach before it actually becomes a book. I print out the pages and read critically and voraciously. As I make changes, I alternate between the feelings of excitement and nausea. My words, and the story they portray, will be out there, in the world, far from my protection, open to criticism (and dare I say acclaim?). Not unlike our babies, who grow, leave home, and become functional adults. We hope.
I want to share my cover with you, I am quite proud of it, but (and I say this with embarrassment) I’m not sure how. I also want to send a well-deserved shout out to Mimi Krumholz, creator of the blog—Waiting for the Karma Truck—who wrote a blurb for, The Moon To Play With, beautiful and poignant, that has landed itself a place on the cover of my book. The best I can do (with a little help from my son, Scott) is add the link below, which will open a new tab at the top of your computer and take you away from my post (not ideal, but look at it and return, I trust you).
With approximately 30 changes listed on a galley modification form, I wait less than patiently to receive the updated galleys with (hopefully) all the changes done correctly. Because, my creative friends, this is the last stop before the book flies into printing and distribution, from which there is no turning back.
As always, it is my intention to keep you informed and aware of the publishing saga I travel. Please feel free to ask questions, add comments and thoughts, offer advice, and share your personal experience. Although we travel the road alone, we also travel it together. Stay well, and warm.