Thursday, April 30, 2009
THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS
Great news! The book has officially been launched. This doesn't mean that it will be on bookshelves this month, but it does mean that we're getting significantly closer. My editor has officially pitched the book to the multiple hardworking departments and head honchos at Random House, building enthusiasm and excitement for the THE HANDBOOK FOR LIGHTNING STRIKE SURVIVORS.
The next phase is COPY EDITING. My copy editor will have the manuscript to me with his or her marks by May 20th. Copy editors are great people who check to make sure that if you mention a Betty Crocker Black Velvet cake mix in 1973, there really was such a thing around at that time. They check for date consistency (which is a must with my manuscript as a lot of time passes.)
I'll return the corrected ms. to my editor by June 2nd. The next phases include cover art, first pages (seeing the font and appearance of the actual printed work, what it will look like when it goes to print), and from there, we have galleys, which are first copies for one last run-through searching for mistakes, misprints, etc. It's like the hardback version but paperback with the preliminary cover art. So far, Shaye Areheart has been interested in my input in different stages, so I know that I get a little say in the cover art. If you've seen any of the novels they produce, you know the cover art is tremendous. Check it out.
Wow! I always knew that film was a collaborative form, but so are books. It's incredible. And wildly thrilling. It's hard to believe that 6 months ago I was wondering if I'd publish my first novel by my 60th birthday. The good news is: I always knew this would happen. It's important to have faith and keep faith.
That said: KEEP THE FAITH. This is all new to me so I will keep you posted. Love and peace to all of you, and Happy Mother's Day. (Though, in my opinion, Mother's Day is technically every day.)