Of Sand and Malice Made Page Proofs Turned In!
Last week I received the page proofs for Of Sand and Malice Made. For those new to the term, these are the pages that have been laid out by the publisher as they will appear in the book. The idea is that this is one of the final steps before the book goes to print. It’s the last chance for the author to have her say on the text before it goes out. Not that there can’t be any more changes once you turn these in, but it’s pretty close to that, because the next steps are a final proofread (some publishers skip this, but thankfully DAW doesn’t) and then it goes to press.
Suffice it to say the pressure is high to get things right on this final pass. The good news, of course, is that it’s been heavily edited by this point. It’s gone through general, structural editing, plus copy edits, the near-final stage of editing before layout.
For the most part, the text was clean. I hit roughly one or two edits every handful of pages. But there were 3 or 4 fairly gnarly sections where it just wasn’t working for me. One particular section took two days to work through. I rewrote it a few dozen times until I was satisfied. I didn’t mind that in and of itself, but since that particular one came early in the story, it made it feel like the whole manuscript was raw and unfinished. Luckily things went smoothly after that for quite a few pages, so it was a short-lived scare.
One of the reasons I pushed to get the proofs done quickly was so that they’d be ready in time for the audio production, which is set to record on the 16th of May. That’s going to be a lot of fun. I really enjoy audiobooks these days, and I’m glad to report that we have Sarah Coomes coming back to reprise her role as the voice talent for this book.
So, what’s next? ARCs are going to be coming soon. Those will go out to reviewers and potential book buyers. And eventually we’ll get the final versions of the books. Can’t wait to see this in hardcover!
We’ll also be gearing up for the sales and marketing/publicity push. I’ll be at a few conventions to help that effort, including Phoenix ComicCon, GenCon, and World Fantasy. I might be headed to the UK and possibly France as well, but that’s still TBD. More news as I have it, but for now, I’m relieved to have this step completed!