I was just sending off the first-pass galleys when a box arrived from Norton with the bound versions.
These are the books that go out to reviewers so that they’ll have enough lead time to READ the huge thing before the publication date. I get ten to give away to anyone I want.
Aren’t they pretty? They’re uncorrected, which means that none of the things I’ve corrected in the first-pass pages will have been fixed. But this is a publishing convention, so reviewers are always supposed to check any conclusions they come to against a finished copy of the book. (So with any luck, I won’t get reviews saying, “Nice book, but the time lines have no relationship to reality.”)
I’d forgotten what a difference it makes to have the pages bound into book form. The bound galleys look so much nicer than the first pass. It made me happy.
Also making me happy: that I finished the first pass corrections, sent them back to Norton, and had a celebratory dinner at the Blue Talon. Pied de cochon. Mmmm.