In a little bit, I’ll be having a very important call (if all goes well).
I mentioned a while ago that new developments were stirring for the publisher that I’m editing for.
In short, they’ve asked me to be project manager on a new book. That means I’ll get to work with the author, editor, and a designer to take the manuscript from first stages all the way to a published book/ebook.
I’ll handle most of the back-and-forth between the design folks, the layout folks, and the author and editor (although the last two will work more closely together on the manuscript than I will—but I’ll still have quite a hand in things).
And the call to kick everything off is today. We’ll go over the process of publication with the author, my role as project manager, and what each player on the team will be up to.
The editing of the other book is almost done, so these projects will flow together nicely, one into the other. And this new book is nonfiction, just like the last one. A small project to get me started.
Plus, I’ll have a team of people to back me up—like the manager on the book I’ve been editing (who actually asked me to manage in the first place). So I won’t be left to myself, which is great.
This is a bit of a dark room scenario for me, but it’s also very exciting—to see exactly how a book comes into being. I’d guess it’s not a chance a lot of people get, and I’m grateful for it.
For those of you who don’t know, “dark room” is what I refer to as a familiar situation (like a living room or a book) in unfamiliar circumstances (knowing that there’s furniture in the room somewhere/books come into being somehow, but not being sure what’s what until someone flips on a light, and you can see).
What about you? Have you had any new experiences in your life, that you’ve never had before? How did you handle them? Drop me a line in the comments.
Until next time,