On Tuesday I posted the corrected final proofs of THE USUAL STORY back to publisher Ginninderra Press. Am now in the home stretch for July release of the book, a prequel to THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM. Have finalised the blurb for back cover and obtained copyright approval for front cover image.
The primary goal of ‘proofing‘ is to serve as a tool for customer verification that the entire job is accurate. Prepress proofing (also known as off-press proofing) is a cost-effective way of providing a visual copy without the expense of creating a press proof. If errors are found during the printing process on press, correcting them can prove very costly to one or both parties involved. – Wikipedia
I’ve been working on the back cover Book Blurb for the last couple of months – rewritten it maybe 300 times. But I think it reads well now, so well I hope readers won’t be disappointed when they read the book itself. Hopefully the story lives up to its promise.
Like THE CRYSTAL BALLROOM, THE USUAL STORY is written in stand-alone discreet chapters. Versions of several of the chapters were first published as short stories in literary journals. I connected the stories by using segments as linking devices: the main character’s telling of the aftermath of a painful affair, her search for understanding of what went before, and the tango. It’s not an easy thing to do. My proof reader said the manuscript reads like a novel, rather than as a collection of linked stories. Am very happy to hear that. Another term for the structure of the book is novel-in-stories.
‘While the short story pauses to explore an illuminated moment, and the novel chugs toward a grand conclusion, the novel in stories moves in spirals and loops, a corkscrewing joy rode.’ – Danielle Trussoni
So corrected final proofs are now with Ginninderra Press in Adelaide, a small but prestigious publisher.
The next step towards a July release of THE USUAL STORY – a delicately fragmented story of memory, intrigue and passion – is the uploading of the files to the printer.
An exciting time.