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.

Showing 20 comments
  • WTMCassandra

    Hooray! What a milestone!

  • Kristen

    So excited, I can’t wait to read it! My son and I have been anxiously awaiting its arrival. I didn’t even know that I loved history until I ‘met’ you through your books.

  • Connie

    Can’t wait, can’t wait for publication date!!!!

  • Adrienne Wadel

    Nice stack. So, any idea who the 10 copies will go to? Did I mention that my 40th birthday is in October? 🙂

  • Janice in NJ

    And the spool of dark blue thread is for…. must be a metaphor in there somewhere, eh? 🙂

  • The sheer size of it has me intimidated and intrigued all at the same time.

    (Here we are way at the beginning of SOTW Vol. 1.)

    Congratulations on seeing the rewards of your hard work!

  • Sebastian (a lady)

    Cool. I’m glad you got through the first pass.
    I’ll have to put this on my birthday list for the spring.

  • Andy

    You get ten to give away to faithful readers of your blog like me? I am happy to bear the burden of reading an advanced copy should the need arise.

  • Christina

    Brilliant, I know.
    I can’t imagine the feeling you have when you send something off like that. I’m so excited to get the dinner dishes done every night. You deserve your celebratory dinner!!

  • Keeley

    CONGRATULATIONS on a nifty bound book. =)

    Pig trotters! What’s with the pig trotters? Are they really that good? I just can’t imagine.

    OTOH, I’ve had black pudding and it’s really not so bad with mustard.

  • Keeley

    I just checked out the menu for the Blue Talon, and it made me weep. Oh my. Oh me oh my. My mouth is watering. Would you just look at the deliciousness on that page!!!!!

    They have a CHEESE PLATE on the dessert menu with apples and walnuts. I’ve never understood why restaurants don’t have cheese plates on their dessert menu. Everyone needs a cheese plate for desert!

    I’m off to drool over the menu and weep some more.

    Except over the sweetbreads. Gack.

  • TheMuffinMom

    ooooh–I’m just ITCHING to get my hands on one!! Can’t wait!

  • Bethany

    i’m hoping barnes & nobles carries these bc i have $50 worth of gift cards.

    oh, and could you hurry up and write vol 4 and have it in the stores maybe in a few weeks? i want to read your grown-up books myself while doing sow w/the kids, but we’re in the middle of sow 4. that’s not an unreasonable request, right? 🙂

    okay, fine. i’ll wait til we’re back around to sow 1 next year.

  • Asenik

    I am so excited to see this! We are doing Middle Ages next year, and this gives me time to read your book before we start! So nice to see my high school history books falling into place and being completed before I need them!

  • Rose

    Looks daunting! I haven’t even read the first one yet! And I OWN IT!

  • Mary in NJ (on the WTM boards)

    My husband would LOVE to read the galley. He is an Army Officer who teaches World Religions and Ethics. (more to the story, but OPSEC reigns!) He has read your printed material (I hesitate to say “bOOks”) since 1999. After hearing you speak in May at Williamsburg, he is even more impressed with you as an author and a professor.

  • Lori

    Congrats, Susan! I hope y’all’re having a good time in the Outer Banks!

  • amarre

    Can’t wait to download it on my Kindle.

  • Matt Harmless

    So, are you giving one away to a random blog reader?


    Ask me another twilight zone question.

    I will probably just have to buy this one.

  • Karin

    Hooray! I”m a bit late on reading this. So very happy, and by now you probably know that there are three periods in hockey (see, I’ve been catching up on this first page), instead of 4 quarters or 2 halves. No fractions in hockey ;).

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