In order to share with aspiring writers what happens after a contract is signed with a traditional publisher, I've recorded the different stages of book production up to this point. The stages so far have been the macro edit, substantive edit, book cover design, copy edit, and now proofreading the ARC.
On Friday, I received an email from the production editor at Abingdon with a pdf attached. This file shows the book just how it will look in print. The fonts for the title pages and chapter headings are stunning. I admit, I cried tears of joy when I looked at it.
This copy has been sent to a professional proofreader, and I've been afforded the chance to read through the text and if I find any problems to alert my publisher.
Also on Friday, which was a great day, I found out that 'Surrender the Wind' is now up on Amazon for pre-orders, at a 20% discount. The cover price is $13.99, but Amazon is selling pre-orders for $11.19! Books should be ready to be shipped either at the end of July or the beginning of August. Amazon is telling customers September, but that is incorrect.
I am offering a contest between now and the release date, where each month I will award a reader with a gift package of beautiful Victorian stationery of all kinds. If you pre-order, all you have to do is email me the confirmation from Amazon and I will throw your name into the hat.