PerWorking with an e-Publisher – Update
In my last post I related two points of information; the first explained that the publishing process had reached the stage of approved block designs for the cover and book interior including a completed index, and the second related to a small tense issue in the cover text.
I sent a note to my PSA (Publishing Support Associate), the title of the individual who guides me through the final part of the publishing process. In the note I explained my concern. His response explained the context in which the tense was chosen, which made perfect sense. If you consider the tense relationships in the cover text as a unique piece of writing, then inconsistencies in tense seem like a glaring error. However, the cover text is written in reference to the completed book and to the actions of the author in writing it. Thus, the past tense in amongst words implying the present make sense, since the acts related to writing are in the past.
As I reflect back on the whole experience if writing a few key ideas stand out in my mind.
1. Completing a lengthy writing project is more work than one can imagine.
2. The sense of accomplishment on completion of the project is greater than expected.
3. The final product cannot be achieved without the support of many professionals unless one is thoroughly versed in every phase of the process.
4. The writing process presents the writer with moments of exhilaration, frustration, satisfaction, and dismay. The remarkable thing about all these feelings is that there is nothing unpleasant about them.
5. If one is not prepared to be disciplined, self-critical, persistent, and determined to complete your writing project writing is not the best way to spend your time.
The next step in the process is to review the printer’s proof. When it arrives by courier, I will see the finished product for the first time. My next post in this series will follow shortly after the proof copy is in my hands. The feeling of excitement that comes with this stage of the process is irrepressible. The plan is to luxuriate in the moment.
Until my next post, as always your faithful blogger,
L Alan Weiss – Author of Through a Lens of Emptiness: Reflections on Life, Longevity, and Contentment.
Visit my author website at www.lalanweiss.com