Thursday, November 12, 2009

Covers and Galleys and Parties: NaNo, Week Two

By Nichole Giles

In all the craziness of this week, I nearly, almost, possibly did, forget about writing this blog. Not that I could ever forget my faithful readers, mind you. After almost four years of never missing a Thursday, it's kind of hard to forget completely.

But lots has happened and I'm dying to share.This week, my coauthor Cindy and I (aka C.L. Beck and D.N. Giles) got a few happy emails.  The first one was the proofs for our humor book.  This was really good news to us because it means we're getting close to publication time. Just how close we had no idea. The proofs came on the last day of October, but we turned them in on Monday, along with pages of editing requests.

Then the very next day, we got another email with a few jpg attachments. OUR BOOK COVER!  Along with the cover, we were given a kind of, sort of release date of early to mid-December, and told the book goes to press on November 16th. (That's this coming Monday.)  Hooray!

The day after that, we got final galleys. Galleys are the layout of what the pages look like when they're actually in the book. Only ours were in computer format to speed up the process. So most of my day yesterday was spent going through and finding the final, final last minute changes that need to be made. And yes, there were several.

Partway through the day, we got the happy news that our launch party has been scheduled for December 9th. Yes, that's right kids, we're talking less than a month away. One month to order bookmarks and posters and plan for all the fun things we want to do. Can you say eeekk?  (But in a good, happy, excited way.)

Here's the information:

Launch Party for  
Mormon Mishaps and Mischief, Hilarious Stories for Saints
by D.N. Giles and C.L. Beck

6:00-9:00 PM
Barnes and Noble
University Crossings Plaza
330 East 1300 South, Orem, UT 84058
(801) 229-1611

And on top of all that, I'm still trying to keep up with all my NaNo buddies with a current word count of 28,265. Yesterday, Darvell passed me up, but I don't intend to let him stay ahead for long! 

Writing prompts for the week, borrowed from The Pocket Muse, Endless Inspiration by Monica Wood

1.What's the most you ever paid for something you didn't want? Write about why.

2. Write about your most unloved possession. How did you aquire this thing? Why did you think you needed it? How did it disappoint you?

3. Write about the day before the disaster.

Have a great week, kids.  Put the launch party on your schedule, because I hope to see you there!



L.T. Elliot said...

Congratulations Nichole! The cover looks fun! I'm very excited for you (what a busy November you're having!)

Carolyn V. said...

WooHoo! I love the cover! So cute! And very exciting!

Nichole Giles said...

Thanks L.T. and Carolyn. It has been a busy week, but it's all worth it. My word count has slipped, but I'll catch up.

And Carolyn, I believe congratulations should be in order for you as well. You have a story or two in this book. So, congrats!

Bethany Wiggins said...

Your cover is BEAUTIFUL! I can feel your excitement just reading your post. May you have uber success.

Nichole Giles said...

Thanks Bethany. I really like the cover. It totally fits the book we've put together, so that makes it even better.

I'm definitely excited. This is way fun. Thanks.

Carolyn V. said...

Thanks Nichole! I really think it is so exciting to have this book out. =)