I was finally granted permission to start telling the world that I was writing a book. It was time for Interaction 14, a perfect time to toot my horn. On February 2nd, I submitted my revisions of all 8 chapters and the final figures. Then I headed to Amsterdam. I got to discuss the publishing process with Jeff Gothelf, who forewarned me about the issues I might face during production. The book was a great conversation topic, but I’m not sure how much good the publicity did. I didn’t realize it would take another 6 months, as long as it took me to write the book, to get it printed and on store shelves.
It was during the conference that I was informed that I had to recreate all of the screenshots in chapter 7. It has to be obvious that they are screenshots to avoid copyright issues. This became a real hassle. Before I started writing the book, the authoring guidelines I was given told me not to include my figures in my document. Rather, I should just put in the figure numbers and captions. That wasn’t a problem while I was writing, but when I had to go back in and change the figures, be it adding, removing, or just moving, I created a lot of errors. It’s really easy to get a figure labeled incorrectly when you never see it in context. There were multiple instances in which I had to renumber half the figures in a chapter. I wouldn’t catch my mistakes until I received proofs back from the typesetter. If I ever do this again, I’m going to insert placeholder figures in my manuscript.
In the middle of February, my editor dropped the bomb.
We also received a page count estimate back from our typesetter and the manuscript is coming in at 176 pages, which is a bit under what we had proposed. This is cause for concern as a low page count can affect sales etc. We have several options here, such as choosing a different interior template, with a slightly lower page count, that may increase the page number, or adding content, maybe even another chapter.
I had thought I was done writing. I was happy to be done writing. I was ready to enjoy a little free time again. Instead, I had to write another 25 pages.
To be continued…