Page Proofs Are In

Yesterday started out just like any other day.

I woke up, helped get the kids ready for school and sat on the couch to enjoy some coffee while watching CNN Morning and The Today Show. Once both kids were on the bus, I went to my office and began the work day.

When Roxie (my trusty lab sidekick) started barking, I knew someone was at the door. She loves to announce to the whole house whenever a package is being delivered or a rabbit runs across the front yard. I answered the door and Mr. UPS handed me a package from Wiley. When I opened it up this is what I found.

Page Proofs for Content Rules

If you haven’t written a book before, this is a copy of the page proofs for Content Rules. It is the first time I’ve seen a printed copy of the entire book, as it is currently set up to go to the presses. The reality of this is amazing. To see an actual page count, the copyright notices and the US Library of Congress numbers all in print. This book is really happening.

Someone commented that I look like a child on Christmas morning and to be honest that is a bit how it felt. While the rubber bands might not be multi-colored wrapping paper, as I carefully took them off it did feel like opening the coolest present in the world.

I’ve now got to go through this and correct any final things that need to be changed. After I’m done it will go over to Ann and then back to the publishers so that you all can get your copies on time for the November 30th release date.

We’re getting very excited about this book and would love your help in making it a success. Here are some things you can do to help.

  • Pre-order a copy today from your book seller of choice.
  • Go into your local Barnes & Noble, Borders, Book A Million or other local bookstore and ask them if they will be stocking the book and encourage them to do so.
  • Help us come to your town by finding a sponsor to bring our Book Tour to where you live.
  • Encourage businesses you know to bulk order copies to give to their staff as a holiday gift.
  • Tell others about the book and your excitement for it.

I’ve got to go find a red pen to go through this stack of paper I now have on my desk taunting me. While I’ll never be a happy editor, I can’t wait to dive into this task!

Thank you to everyone for the continuous support and encouragement along the way. Ann and I both greatly appreciate it more than we can ever fully express.

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  • Congratulations! I took my copy over to staples and had it bound, with a clear cover and black end page, for a few dollars. Made it easier to refer to.

    I emailed in corrections and kept the page proofs.

  • That is a cool idea, but with our co-authorship I can’t even imagine keeping that straight enough to make work. *grin*

    Thanks for the congrats. You’ve been here so you know how cool/scary a feeling it is.

  • I can only imagine how amazing a feeling that is. The sense of accomplishment has got to be overwhelming. I’m happy for you both.

  • Thanks Pete. It truly is an awesome feeling.

  • Anonymous

    YEAH!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Steve’s approach definitely makes sense. Plus, it would be cool to have the Proofs as a souvenir.

    But to C.C.’s point… yeah… the two-author thing makes it tricky!

  • Travis Hines

    Make sure you measure the kerning between every single letter 😉

  • Anonymous

    YeahGTeeyy

  • Woohoo! Sending you both virtual high fives. 🙂

    So, who gets the fun job of merging both your changes?

    While having it in hand is REALLY cool (and I mean really cool!), I wonder why they wouldn’t do edits digitally…especially with co-authors.

    -Beth

  • Yeah we wondered the same thing so I’m doing the first pass and then Ann will do the second one so there is one master set of changes. It is the way we have approached things from the beginning and seems to work.

    *high five*

  • Thankfully THAT kind of thing is handled by Wiley and not us.

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