That’s the number of pages in the new layout for The Winds of Khalakovo.
That may seem like a small thing, but it’s actually a big deal. Why? First of all, it indicates that I’ve managed to lay out all the pages in the book. And *that* says that I’ve at the very least identified all of the content. Every page has an intended purpose (even if it’s blank right now). All the pages of content are laid down, including fancy chapter headings. And all the front matter and back matter is in.
The only thing left is to generate the maps. I have them, but still have to add whatever borders I want, convert them to black and white, and then place them. That won’t take too much time, but it’ll have to wait for another day.
The other reason the page count matters is for the books size. See, the cover is dependent on page count (more pages, thicker book, and so, larger cover). Having the final page count means I can finally generate the cover from my chosen printing house and work up the graphics for that. That won’t be all that difficult, either, as I have the cover somewhat designed from the ARCs I created, but still, it will be a small hurdle to get that wrapped up, reformatted, blurbs added, and so on.
So 478 is a big number. It means these books are one step closer to being done and out in the world.
And that’s a Good Thing.