This is where I am going to be posting updates/information/random bitching about the book to keep everyone in the loop. You can also discuss book stuff here and ask questions as well! So feel free to do so!
And speaking of the loop check this out:
Colour proofs! Basically the printer prints out a colour proof of the book of certain pages I have selected to look over to make sure it doesn't look to dark, colours are correct, and the type isn't too small, and all that jazz. By looking at the colour proofs I am going to have to tweak a bunch of stuff... BUT that shouldn't take too long I'd hope.
Anywhoozle here is the steps it takes to make a book!Step one!
Once Greg has the final quote in, he'll be arranging the payment plan and all the other boring details (Thank you Greg!). He'll take care of getting the ISBN, the bar code, and (for the US) their Library of Congress number, and anything else that goes into making a book.
That could take up to a couple of weeks, depending on if there are any complications in the process. If I have to do anything personally, it'll take a lot longer because I'm still in Canada. So let's hope Greg can sign for everything!
Step two! <---- this is where we are at now!
Once we've got our printing contract, that's when I get to do the fun stuff! We'll go through a colour test (probably two or three weeks for that, depending how long it takes the test pages to get shipped back to me). Basically, I'll send them a set of pages to print off, they'll print them, and send them back to me. Then I adjust the colours and we go around again. Each time the pages go back and forth, it adds some time- so let's hope we only have to do it once Step three!
Once the colour tests are good, I'll send in the files for the entire book. The printer will make a proof copy and send that to me, and I'll get to approve it (or not). If there are any problems, then we go through a change process and redo the proof. Like anything else that gets sent to me physically, it'll take another couple of weeks for this step.Step four!
When the proofs are done, that's when we enter the production queue for the printing presses. At this point we'll actually have a REAL CALENDAR DATE for when we'll be able to expect the book, none of this 'a few more weeks' stuff. We'll wait eagerly by the doorstep for our MASSIVE SHIPMENT of books to appear on their cargo pallets. Once they get there, it's on to...Step five!
First I break my wrists signing and sketching the HUNDREDS of pre-orders! (You guys are awesome!)
Then, Greg breaks his back packing, labelling, and shipping everything out to everyone! Finally, we'll die in a crumpled heap amidst scattered paper, cardboard and markers, while you sit back and enjoy a fresh, beautiful book!
Our current time-scale is to have the book in hand by mid-to-late October, but this deadline may change as the colour tests go on.
If you order before the shipment comes in, I'll still sign your book
Pre-Order the book here ---> http://www.thezombiehunters.com/shopbooks.php