The Page Proofs for With Blood Upon the Sand are in!
I just received the page proofs for With Blood Upon the Sand, Book Two in The Song of the Shattered Sands. For those unaware, the page proofs are the near-final version of a manuscript laid out in the format that it will appear in the printed books. I received a PDF a bit ago, but I’m going to use the printed proofs when they come in a day or so.
Why the printed version? Well, I just went through a full read of the electronic version, and I like to do one with printed form. It’s one last chance to catch errors, and there’s something about reading it on paper that helps to keep me focused.
The ms is pretty clean at this point. I expect no major lingering issues. There’ll be a few minor ones, and little niggling errors, but I don’t expect this step will take me more than a week or so. And then it’s back to DAW, who will get it ready for ARCs and for final production. And once that’s done, it also goes to Gollancz for the UK/AUS/NZ production, to Brilliance for the audio, and to the other foreign markets (France, Germany, and Holland so far). So this is a big step. I’m terribly excited to get this book out of my hands and into yours.
With Blood Upon the Sand is available for pre-order now from a bookseller near you.