Wednesday, April 9, 2008


Less than a month after the interior artwork was turned in, and the first proofs of Moonshot are here on my desk! Note the First Proof band in which the pages come wrapped. Not so dissimilar from the familiar Sanitized For Your Protection band, but we don’t dwell on that. Anyway, if you don’t know, proofs are what the printer sends to the publisher after the printer has received the original art, but before the book itself is printed. When the publisher receives first proofs, the art directors and designers put them under a good light, give them the eye, and then ask that the printer use less blue here, more contrast there, clean up that spot and that speck, and so on, all through the book. The printer takes these comments and produces—second proofs. This process repeats until everyone’s done all that they can to make the pages look their best. There's a nice old-fashioned sense of craftsmanship to the process, and also a meaningfulness to seeing a publisher working to make your book look the best that it can.

Only after everyone's satisfied (or, sometimes, reasonably satisfied; this is the real world, after all) do the printing presses roll in earnest.


Eric Orchard said...

Amazing stuff, Brian!

Lauren Castillo said...

Oooooo, how exciting Brian! I cannot wait for this book :)
p.s. and thanks for your sweet comments about Buffalo Music, and my little birds!

Marc Tyler Nobleman, Author of "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman" said...
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Marc Tyler Nobleman, Author of "Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman" said...

There's also a special kind of pressure as you scrutinize every square centimer of the book--that feeling that there's one (or two) little things you'd want to change but somehow won't notice till the presses have begun rolling! In my case, it was text, but that's no easier to change once the plates have been made!

Looking forward to the book. I'll have to poke around to see when it's due out?

(Sorry I deleted and is appropriate, I found a typo and saw no way to edit, only delete!)

Brian Floca said...

Thanks for the posts, all! And Marc, I am in total agreement with you about this stage of the process. People who work in other fields think that finishing is the fun part, but I find it borders on harrowing. I am in fact working now (I blog as paint is drying) on one (or two) small corrections that we still have time to insert into the proofs. Really. (If you're reading, Atheneum, thank you.)

tim b said...

Congratulations! Can't wait to see the real thing!