GALLEYS are early unproofed versions of the book that are used by sales folks to sell the books to bookstores and we send them out to other writers--with similar styles--and request that they read and comment on the book.
In this picture, my son holds the galley and I pray that he doesn't, being four years old, throw it like a ball. He is really proud of me. It's very cool. The other thing I'm working on this week are second-pass pages. These are the manuscript pages all ready for publication, but needing yet another close read. The last time I saw the ms., there were quite a few mistakes. This time, it's nearly flawless so far. Random House has done a careful job fixing mistakes that the proofreader and I found. THANK YOU. These second-pass pages are important because this is the last time I'll be able to see the ms. and make any corrections before it's published in hardback. Can't wait, and in the spring too! I love spring. April Showers and all that jazz... I sound like Lucy from THE PEANUTS.
Thank you to everyone at Shaye Areheart, Crown Random House for being so good to me, especially Sarah and Christine. This is an exciting experience. Needless to say, I will keep you posted as to what happens next. Eventually, I'll have a publicist. I wonder what that will be like. You'll be the first to know. Thanks everybody.