It’s been quite the week.
I’m working with a group of wonderful publishers-in-training (MPub candidates) on a book project that I can hardly even begin to explain, except to say that it involves a lot of thinking and writing and designing and financial planning and presentations. This week we presented our work thus far to a number of industry representatives. So that was daunting but exciting. We’re also in the midst of designing logos, drafting catalogue and jacket copy, preparing metadata, and planning sales and marketing.
This morning we learned about the nitty-gritty production details (how books are printed, how much it costs, what kinds of paper and ink are used, and how to choose from many options to create the best printing—the printing that serves the book and its contents to the utmost).
This afternoon (in about 20 minutes) I’m going to hear all about the world of self-publishing; it’s opening up, but its technologies are still fairly crude despite being novel (and everyone gets excited about novelties). I know something about this world already, but I’ll be happy to learn a bit more.
And: there have been endless readings. Interesting and for the most part engaging, but endless. (And this is no longer undergrad, where you can get away with doing only half of the readings.)
So this is just a little note to tell you that I’m in the thick of it, and I’m hosting a mild cold virus, and I hardly have time to clean the bathroom or go grocery shopping—but a world is opening up before me, and I feel I can make a home in it (despite the vertigo that comes with standing on figurative precipices).
• a post celebrating my formidable, hard-working, smart-thinking, generous grandfather, who passed away a few days ago. He was a dermatologist and a birder and, though it might sound clichéd, a pillar of his community. I will also remember him for disliking watermelon, which, as a child, I found unfathomable and thus highly memorable.
• possibly a post about my Halloween costume? Husband and I had the BEST idea for a couples costume (and I’ve never done a couples costume before), but we might not be able to pull it off on time for Halloween, which means we might have to save it for another year…. We’ll see. Seriously, folks, it’s the best costume idea I’ve ever had.
That is all for today.
For now, ta ta.