Since I’ve never published a book before, I find every phase of the process fascinating.
The first thing I’ve learned that it’s harder work than I ever could have imagined. And it takes a whole village to produce one book.
I turned my last draft in on April 1.
Since then, I’ve worked with two more editors and the designer to prepare the best book we know how to make, complete with photos, captions, recipes, glossary, map, family tree.
The last task will come by the end of this month, when several of us go over every word and image one more time before the manuscript goes to the printers.
I will never take any of these materials for granted in a book again.
And I am so grateful to all the folks — editors, readers, designer, endorsers (in case you didn’t see it, the cover now carries an endorsement at the top) — who have joined me in contributing to the book.
My New Beginning today? I’m going to hug an author and thank her or him for all the work, even harder than hoeing tobacco in the hot summer sun, of writing a book.
I’m going to be bold enough to suggest you hug an author also.
And then choose your own New Beginning. Come tell me about it here.