As mentioned, publishing is very slow, time-consuming and very methodical. It did test my patience, but I could also see the benefits. Importantly, I did want the best book possible, and many of the editor’s suggestions were valuable and incisive – and you could see the benefit of her specialist publishing experience. In particular, the book’s structure improved, as did its layout and visual appeal.
The weeks turned to months, and there was yet more to-ing and fro-ing. However, at the same time, I could see the book gradually taking shape, and becoming more of a very special finished article.If you have read it I hope that in addition to finding it extremely useful, you will also be able to see just how much thought and effort has gone into it. Not just by me, but also by my editor Eloise and her team. (I was actually surprised just how many editors are involved in publishing -so many that I almost lost track of them all in the end!). But it’s all good, and just goes to show how painstaking and methodical they are.
And that’s just the editorial people – there are plenty of others in the background too including legal, design and marketing professionals.
I’m grateful to all of them.