I’ve been working for a solid week on the “first pass” of my manuscript. Basically, what that means is…the book was finally type-set. All the fonts and headings have been laid out, and all the artwork (more than 100 photos!) has been placed. Even though the book is still just a stack of papers at this point, it’s finally looking like a book for the very first time.
At this point, you’re giving it another read to see how the design and text are working together. You can make small changes to the text if you think it’s necessary (like the stats you mentioned in previous emails), and if there’s a particular piece of art that you don’t think is working the way it’s been laid out, you can note that and we can discuss with design. Go ahead and write any changes in the margins with colored pencil. If you want to mark them with Post-It notes or tabs to make sure we know where they are, you are welcome to, but it’s not necessary.
Jenny might have more to add, but hopefully that’s enough to get you started!
Jenny (aka “Jennifer”) is my editor. She was also my editor for Watching Baseball Smarter, but anyway, Andrea had indeed given me enough info to plunge into The Baseball. And that’s what I’ve been doing for the last week. I basically read the whole book very slowly, word by word, line by line, and looked for every little thing that needed to be adjusted. Take my bio, for example. Even that page needs a couple of tweaks:
pt. I’m going to discuss some of the changes with the folks there, and in a few weeks, “second pass” will be coming my way…