Just when I was looking forward to a blogging catch-up of note, an overseas parcel slip arrived – my proof copy of the USA edition of my Regina fantasy. It has shown me, again, that only when one gets the printed copy can one truly assess what the book will be like. After having edited the file time and again and again and again, I am still finding little things in the proof like double full stops and lack of hyphens where they help to make sense, and a sudden switch of chapter headers away from italics – but it looks good nevertheless.
It will be noticed that USA has a larger standard size. Strangely enough, though, the proof still has far more pages than the SA version. At nearly 500 it seems a bit overkill so I have spent today in reformatting to bring it closer to the South African edition of 357 pages.
The redesigned cover does seem quite attractive, though.
Incidentally, it seems totally immoral to me that South Africa demands customs duty on books. Such items really should be exempt.
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