Ah, it is not over until it is over or until the fat lady sings or until I get all the work done, basically, whenever I am working on a jewelry book. I’m reminded of when I went back and school and was often asked, “When are you going to graduate?” To those not in the know, it seemed like it took forever! And, the same can be said for putting together a jewelry making book. Admittedly, even though I know how long it takes, even to me it seems like each one takes forever.
From beginning to end, most jewelry books I’ve worked on usually take about a year: 6 months for me to do my thing and 6 months for the publisher. My 6 months is mainly the first part of the year, but then I have additional tasks that mix in with the rest of the year, and some of that I will be working on this weekend. This book has over 700 photographs, and about a dozen were rejected by the publisher. That means more photos! Considering (so far) only a dozen seem to be problematic, I’m not too worried.
After we re-shoot some of the photos, the next step will require that I review the galley print of the book, which is a loose copy of big sheets of paper that have the complete book, photos and all. This my last full look and chance to make any major changes before it goes to print. I read, edit, proof, mark it up, and fingers crossed most of my changes/corrections are made before it heads off to printing and the bookshelves of local book stores.
Amazon still has it up for early ordering and still has it pegged for coming out in January 2011. Sometimes titles make it out a little early, but I have to just continue to be patient, sigh!