Well, we got there Shedfolk!
I told you that the final 10% tends to go quite quickly and sure enough it did. And we're at 100%!
So, next steps:
The book is written and it's been read by a bunch of excellent critical readers. I deliver the manuscript (after a final read-through) on friday. Then it goes to editing stage. This is where I'm assigned an editor and, together, we make sure that the novel is as good as we can get it. I'm pretty happy with it but a good editor will always spot the plot-holes and any weaknesses! I then complete a second draft based on those discussions.
The second draft then moves on to the copy editing stage. This is the time when, hopefully, any typos, grammatical errors or other problems are picked up. A third draft is then completed which is passed to a proof reader for one final check.
Meanwhile, discussions will be going on with the production manager and designer about layout, fonts and the all-important cover art.
The third edit is typeset so that the pages look like they will in the final book. We then get sets of galley proofs - unbound printouts of the pages - to look at. While my editor and I are doing that, the publicists will be doing what they can to generate some interest in the book.
Once the galleys are signed off, proof editions of the book are printed for final checking and for sending out to reviewers and retailers.
And FINALLY when everything is done, Unbound has to pick the absolute optimum time to put the book out into the market place. Of course, subscribers may well get their special edition books earlier than that. Books don't happen overnight but we will get it into your hands as soon as we can!
Thank you, once again, for your generosity in helping to make this book a reality. Not long to wait now!
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