Official word from my editor in Portland, ME… my math book is now “in production.”
“What does that mean?” you may wonder. It was certainly a new term for me. In a nutshell, the whole book has been written and revised (many times!) and is done, all the photos have been sent in, permissions for kids’ photos are complete, and now it’s in the hands of the copyeditor and design team. Hooray!!! I won’t see the book for a while (and neither will you, sadly; but don’t worry— it’s in great hands).
When I next see the manuscript, it will be copyedited. That means it will be all marked up (kind of like when you were in English class), and I will agree or disgree with any edits suggested (usually punctuation or grammar or word choice). I’ll send it back as quickly as I can to keep things moving (usually this part only takes me a few days).
Soon thereafter, I’ll receive the “design” of the book. That’s like Christmas for me! I’ll get to see what an entire chapter will look like when it comes to your home or classroom! It’s my favorite part. Once I approve the design, it moves pretty quickly. The book is designed, and then it comes back to me one last time. I reread the whole thing from start to finish, make sure all the pictures and text are in the right place, and that the book is just like I want it. (I promise to do that as quickly as I can, too!)
Finally, it goes to the printer and binder. Then it will be ready to be shipped to you to use with your kids! I can’t wait!!!! I’ll let you know the dates as soon as I hear something. Until then, you can sign up on the Stenhouse website to get notified when the book becomes available.
One piece of news I got this week that I can share is that the book will have about 300 photos in COLOR!!! And it will have a lovely coil spiral binding. It’s going to be beautiful. Stay tuned for further updates.