Having two books coming out this fall is both a blessing and a curse. The first, The Goaltenders’ Union, was done and submitted when the second one, Written in Blue and White dropped in my lap. So Written in Blue and White has been a fast-forward job, and that’s continued throughout the post-writing process (a compressed three months for roughly 25,000 words, and 42 different interviews).
So there’s been the luxury of time when working on the edits of The Goaltenders’ Union, but not so with Written in Blue and White, which has also been a far more complicated book to layout, marrying up text with a historical Toronto Maple Leafs document, and a photo. (Page 2 of the Table of Contents is reproduced above, with a note from the designer.)
Then last week, BOTH books arrived for me to proofread and to check the layout.
Written in Blue and White had to come first, and had a ton of issues with the layout, all in an effort to make it look spectacular too. (And it does!) So I submitted those fixes, and the next version has already come back to me before I had gotten just a little past halfway in The Goaltenders’ Union.
I’m looking for spelling mistakes, punctuation errors, for editing issues, and doublechecking the caption information under the photos.
It’s overwhelming at times.
Add on negotiations and interviews for future books, my regular work on SLAM! Wrestling, and real life, like helping at my son’s school, and I find myself appreciating those calming cups of tea.