I’ve just finished going through proofs of the entire book, and sent back my findings to Chris and Sarah at Omnibus. What did I find? A fair amount of typos, a handful of misplaced photos that will need to be moved, and one or two mental screw-ups on my part that will be fixed (like, getting the name of a city wrong).
I also found what I think is a really good book. Yeah, I know I’m biased. But, while part of me quietly fears the negative reviews that I’m sure some fans/critics will write, I really do think most of the target audience is going to like this book. Omnibus did a good job locating appropriate photos, including plenty that I’d never seen before. (I also made several recommendations to change/add photos in certain spots.) The photos and text complement each other nicely. And, as you probably saw in the sneak peek post last week, the book looks nice. I like the layout, font choices, color usage, and so forth.
In other words, I’m a happy camper (for whatever that’s worth).
Here are a couple other updates I can share:
Release Date: Chris (my editor) tells me we’re targeting mid-October for the release date. October 10 is the specific date, but he says that may get pushed back a bit depending on how quickly the books get printed, shipped, etc.
Pages/Book Length: I think Amazon shows the book coming in at 320 pages. Based on the proofs I’ve seen, the last page of material is my source bibliography, and that’s on page 336. To quote a famous singer … “It’s a heavy mother.” The page count may change a bit as they make edits and photo changes before printing, but probably not a lot of change from the 336 number.
Cover: The cover that shows on Amazon and Amazon UK is not the final cover. Thanks in large part to your outcry about only having Bono and Edge on the cover, the cover now shows all four band members. It’s the same color scheme and style, but with Adam and Larry added into the mix. I’ll try to post it in the next day or three.
If anyone has any questions I might be able to answer, fire away in the comments and I’ll see what I can do. Thanks again for following along here on the blog, and for all your help when asked. You guys rock.