March 17, 2010

Believe it or not, this is gonna be a book.

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I’m not doing a whole “Journey to a book” series like I did last time, but I thought you might like to hear a little bit about this one as it goes along.

My eyes have been rolling in different directions as I get everything together for an April 2 deadline. That’s the day that things are due for my second book with That Patchwork Place.

Here we have a manuscript, a photo list, an illustration list, author guidelines, my first book to refer back to, my upcoming schedule, suggestions for book design, cover design, and title, and a blurb. These are just some of the materials, not including, say, the blocks themselves.

Coordinating the manuscript, the photo list, and the illustration list seems like it would be easy, but what’s easy is getting off track when things are in three different places and tied together only by numbers. Heaven forbid you should change your mind and move a photo or an illustration to a different part of the manuscript, Then you have to renumber it and everything else that comes after it. Right now, some things are held in place on the lists with repositionable sticky tape, just in case!

I’m trying to get everything ready to go a few days early, because I’m off to another event the weekend after this, the Quilt, Craft, and Sewing Expo in San Mateo oops, Sacramento. Hope to see you there, if you’re in the neighborhood!

Until next time,
Kay
By Kay Mackenzie

Comments

6 Responses to “It’s crunch time”

  1. Kim Jamieson-Hirst on March 18th, 2010 4:50 am

    It’s starting to seem real now, isn’t it, Kay! I like the repositionable tape idea – better than crossing out numbers, using arrows, etc.
    Have fun in San Mateo!
    Kim

  2. Kay on March 18th, 2010 5:11 am

    It is starting to seem real now. Real close to getting over a big hurdle! Thanks for alerting me to the fact that I typed San Mateo instead of Sacramento. I hope I really drive to Sacramento!

  3. Lynn Majidimehr on March 18th, 2010 8:55 am

    I so know what you’re going through, as I turned in my first manuscript to them a few weeks before Christmas, and that is a bad time of year for a big deadline. When I asked what I could say about the book on my blog, they told me about your blog. Thank you, I can’t wait to see your book!

  4. Kay on March 18th, 2010 3:58 pm

    That’s fantastic Lynne! Congratulations! I’ll be looking for yours as well.

  5. Maria Peagler on March 18th, 2010 5:33 pm

    Congrats on the newest book Kay! I’m so thrilled for you. You’re a pro at it now!

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