If you're a regular reader of this newsletter, you may be as tired of hearing about my book as you are of the presidential campaign. I've been coming at you with it for longer than the election has dominated the news, starting in January, 2007, when I devoted this newsletter to presenting one chapter a month. But take heart—once more, and I am moving on.
I had no idea when I started down this path how much it would require of me. I actually thought that when I wrote the last word of the manuscript my part would be done, when in fact the actual creation of the book had just begun.
Thanks to the patience of my publisher and editor, I learned enough about the nuts and bolts of book design and production to make informed decisions about a host of things I'd never thought about—typefaces, headings, page layout, illustration placement, etc.
It was so amazing to me that, even though I've always been an avid reader, I never thought about how a book was put together. I knew of course when I didn't feel welcomed by a book, but beyond a vague idea that maybe the type was too small or the page too crowded, I would not have been able to articulate why.