Today, for the first time, I held my book in my hands.
Even though we have six months to go until the official release date—April 27, 2013, National Tell a Story Day—today was a milestone day. Vinnie Kinsella, editor and book designer extraordinaire, met me at Powell’s Books, where Alex was printing a proof copy on the Espresso Book Machine.
Much remains to be done before the final edition gets printed in the spring. The glossary and index are missing, and the final proofreading has yet to be done. This edition is an advance reader copy (ARC) that will go out to 110 people this weekend, courtesy of Scott Abel, a co-organizer of the Content Strategy Workshops to be held in Portland next week. A heady moment for a girl who always wanted to write a book.
Thanks, Herr Gutenberg and all who have followed in your large footsteps to make this day possible.
Vinnie did it. In one day, he turned around all of my requests for tweaks—and then made one final eleventh-hour fix. I’m e-mailing the file to Alex tonight: Friday, Oct. 5. The books might be ready to pick up Saturday night. Tomorrow. Printed books. Over hundred of them. They’ll be less convenient to cart around than the idea of a book. I’m ready for the heft.