Separation of Faith in Production Phase
Hi! Since my surgery is tomorrow, I thought I’d better post a quick update this morning.
Separation of Faith (and I) have completed the copyedit phase with great success. What a learning experience that was! And I’m so appreciative of the iUniverse editorial staff. Their level of knowledge and professionalism is every bit as impressive as any you’d find in a mainstream house, and the standards for the Editor’s Choice award are extremely rigid and uncompromising. So any author who’s willing to go through the process can be assured that a book emerging from the Editor’s Choice process will be able to compete on the same playing field (in terms of writing and editorial quality) with books published through traditional publishers.
And companies such as Barnes & Noble (in partnership with iUniverse) recognize the Editor’s Choice imprint on an iUniverse book and understand what that means. The advantage this will give me in my promotional activities will be enormous and will be a huge boost as I continue trying to prove the point I presented in my blog launch posting on November 4 (https://cherilaser.wordpress.com/2009/11/04/). If you’re looking for publishing alternatives, be sure to include www.iUniverse.com in your search.
The “cover copy polish” is now underway. That’s where the publisher’s marketing team will be scrubbing the materials I sent in to them along with the original manuscript. The goal is to make those materials as professional as the book (no small task as I look back over what I sent in to them all those months ago).
Following the cover copy polish, the manuscript will enter the design phase where the actual book formatting will be done and where the cover will be designed. I’m very excited about seeing what they come up with for the cover, although I’ll have the final say regarding the end product. They’ve been right about everything else so far, so I’m probably going to love what they create. I’ll keep you posted as all of that unfolds.
Reduction Edit: The Truth about Cinnamon
My Mini Travels to Sloan-Kettering
As mentioned in several earlier posts, my mini netbook has become a huge asset to my productivity since I started popping it into my purse to fill waiting intervals at doctors’ offices, commute trains, car service appointments, etc. Now we’re going to see how the partnership expands while I’m in the hospital (from tomorrow until Thursday or Friday of this week).
Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center in Manhattan is where I’ll be, and they have free wireless. So I’ll post, comment, and tag surf as much as possible from my room there. I’m also planning to finish up my dad’s taxes. Due to the big storm that hit us on the weekend of March 13 (https://cherilaser.wordpress.com/2010/03/15/29-northeast-mega-storm-damage-march-15-2010/, twelve counties in northern New Jersey received federal and state filing extensions until May 11. At the time, I didn’t know about this breast cancer thing, so I thought I had plenty of time. Perhaps, with my mini, I still do. 🙂 I guess we’ll find out.
Blog Reading and Tips
I’m a little behind on my reading that uncovers tips and suggestions helpful to all of us. But I’ll try to catch up this week and will share highlights while I’m in the hospital that I think will be helpful to you.
Hits on this blog: 2327 as of a minute ago (2215 three days ago).
One More Thing I Almost Forgot: The LinkedIn Web Site
Also, I might be the last one on the planet to discover www.LinkedIn.com, but in case I’m not, I recommend that you check out the site. For any author who’s working on, or thinking about working on, book promotion plans, this resource should not be overlooked. Of course, I won’t really know how effective all the connections actually are until Separation of Faith is released and the promotion has begun. But on the surface, at least, this appears to be a key tool in every author’s case.
Next Planned Post
Since my surgery is tomorrow, I probably won’t be coherent enough to even find my mini until Wednesday. But you never know. I’ll say hi as soon as I’m able. Hope you all have a wonderful week!