Tuesday, August 19, 2008

One Step Closer

The air was hazy today as we drove into Birmingham. I took a vacation day today so I could meet with the book printers. This is the second meeting and we discussed specifics today. We talked about cover design and layout. I took some graphics that will be used on the project.
We talked colors, fonts, types of paper, glossy/matt finishes and schedules. I handed over 48 columns and within a week or so, I'll have the first proof. This is where I look at the initial designs and layout. Once the basics have been approved, they will provide an entire proof copy of the book. This will be my last chance to make any significant changes to the project. After I give final approval, it will take about two to three weeks to get the finished book in my hands.
Once I get the finished product, then the work of marketing and promotions begins. Jilda and I have some experience with this because of our music, but promoting a book is different. You have to do book signings, speaking engagements, and a lot of gorilla marketing. If you are unsuccessful, you wind up with a trunk full of books.
I have had a lot of people contact me asking when it will be available and I am grateful to these folks because without their support and encouragement, this project would remain just that - a project....a dream that has no way to come true.
The ball is now rolling and I'll keep y'all informed as to the progress.

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