Saturday, May 31, 2008

The galleys have arrived

In another one of those exciting little moments on the road to being published ... the galleys for Joined-Up Thinking arrived this morning. These are the first proofs of how the book will finally look, typeset and page sorted. And they look great! Really classy.

I now have a couple of weeks to go through them with a fine-toothed comb to find the final typos before it goes off to the printers. A professional proofreader will also be doing the same thing.
The day has started well. I'm sure I'll spoil it by driving a nail through my foot or pushing the house over or something.


The Factory said...

I've never quite understood what galleys are. Are they just printouts of what the finished book will look like but in loose leaf form ?

Stevyn Colgan said...

You old fibber ... you've just described exactly what galleys are! Yes, they're a life-sized 1:1 print of what the pages of the book will look like when designed and typeset and illustrations placed. They're then delivered to you loose-leaf for editing.

Which means I have to read it again.

The Factory said...

Well I may have sounded as if I knew what I was talking about, but I got all that just from looking at the photos. Nice though, must be very exciting.

Me said...

Why galleys - why on earth are they called galley's - you are clever - can you tell me ?

willow said...

Congrats! Keep us posted.

Stevyn Colgan said...

Me - This from Wikipedia:

'Galley proofs or 'galleys' are so named because in the days of hand-set type, the printer would set the page into "galleys": metal frames into which the type was laid and tightened into place. These would be used to print a limited number of copies for editing mark-up. The printer would then receive the edits, re-arrange the type, and print the final version.'

So there you!

Wilow - Thanks. I will!

Blog Princess G said...

From what I can see in the photograph, the layout is a delight! Looking forward to purchasing my copy.