Well, today is a banner day.
I just submitted my "final draft" of Death from the Skies! to my editor.
W 0 0 t !
What does that mean, you may ask. Well, I submitted the first draft to her back in November. She took a month or so to edit it, make notes, and all that. Then she sent it back to me for revision, and I've been slaving away for weeks getting it ready for resubmission. I had to rewrite a couple of chapters fairly extensively; they didn't flow well. I had to find pictures, write captions, add an introduction and an acknowledgments page.
But that's all done. I wrapped it all up, attached it to an email, and by now it's sitting in her inbox.
I'm not done; far from it! It needs to be copy edited, for example. The artists at Viking Press need to look over what I sent and massage the pictures. We need to decide on cover art, and a subtitle. The book still needs to be typeset, then I check the proofs. Then once it's in good shape, it gets sent out for blurbs from reviewers (and I need to think about who will do that -- anyone have J J Abrams' phone number? :-) ).
Then, finally, in October 2008, it will come out as a hardcover to a store near you!
There's a long way to go yet. But I feel a lot better today. Blue skies ahead, baby, blue skies.