Was it only a few short weeks ago that the essays were like this?
Um, yeah. It seems like ages ago, but really this project has come together quickly. Almost like it was meant to happen.
Right now we are at version who-the-hell-knows-how-many-edits.
I wrote the essays. My alpha reader went through them with edit suggestions, which I (mostly) implemented. Once they were all done, I did another read through, caught more grammar and typo issues. Let the files sit for a bit, then did it again before saving all the files on a thumb drive and handing that over to my editor the beginning of May.
She did another pass through, took a more thorough look for grammar issues, plus areas that needed clarification. I went through those edit suggestions, punted the file back to the editor, who then incorporated the changes and bounced the files back to me.
Over the weekend I went through the files again. Once again I 'caught' areas that needed some polishing. By this point it was pretty minor stuff. Mostly. Having some time/distance from the words, I found more minor changes for clarification and by dint of steaming through the thing, am now passing the thumb drive back to the editor.
There is one essay that needs some major surgery but by the time I got to it, I did not have the mental wherewithal to deal with it so I've challenged the editor to see if she can pare it down and make it less repetitive. I don't mind a certain level of redundancy, but I suspect that that particular essay needs some remediation. Rather than hold up the process, I figured I'd give her the latest round and set her onto the tweaking of that essay. Essentially the rest is just picking nits. If she doesn't feel up to doing it, perhaps a few days away from it will let me do it, but I'm getting tired of the whole project and just want it *done*.
It's a watershed moment, and the perfect time for someone else to step in because right now? The temptation is overwhelming to just leave it like it is. Yes, even knowing it could be 'better'.
Magic in the Water and The Intentional Weaver went through pretty much the exact same processes. With Magic, after I gave the files to the printer he worked his magic then handed the galley proofs back to me *seven* times. Yes, even after I'd already been through the ms picking grammatical nits, he kept sending the proofs back to me until after the seventh time I said I hadn't found anything the needed to be done. And then, of course, someone found a typo in the printed copy. Oh well.
Another lesson in humbility from the universe. It never does to get complacent. Or be devastated when you discover you have made another mistake...
The launch date of July 9 is still looking do-able and since I'll be out of town the last week of June I really feel the pressure to get this done just as soon as possible. Not to mention my editor has other projects on the go, so she wants to finalize it as well.
Today I will finish the bib. As I did the read through yesterday I saw a couple more books that need to be added to the bibliography so I'll work on that today. I also confirmed the Handwoven articles - I had no idea I'd had 16 articles published in that magazine. (Two of the articles graced the cover of the magazine.) I'm not going to bother with the other magazines, in part because at least one of them isn't indexed and isn't commonly available anyway. But Handwoven IS well indexed and back issues can still be obtained in some instances. Many guilds also have collections where people can find the individual magazines and I still see people referencing one or other of my articles now. So, it seemed important that I list those.
How close are we? I don't know, honestly. It's a process. But I *think* we could be very close indeed to tackling the actual 'publishing' step. A learning curve for my editor and one that I can't help her with. Therefore, I want to give her as much time as possible to deal with converting the files and uploading them to blurb.
The goal for today is to finish the bib and weave two towels. That warp will then be declared 'done' and cut off the loom. Tomorrow the goal is to beam the next warp.
And onwards we go...