Wednesday, October 23, 2013

'The Fracking War' manuscript is in the publisher's hands

WATKINS GLEN, New York - The manuscript and soon-to-be book The Fracking War went to the publisher today after the final/final/final/final/final rewriting and editing.

Did I mention that this was the final rewriting and editing?

This last draft, which was pored over one last time, was living proof that humans are, well, human. Even after so many readings and sets of eyes, there were still a few little niggling items that needing attention. They are now fixed. No doubt though when the actual page proofs are delivered for us to read in a week or two we will spot an errant comma, apostrophe or - gasp - a word spelled incorrectly.

That's why we get yet another shot before actual printing.

The upload now means the company will get cracking on the design of the cover - a critical piece. We have some ideas. They have graphic artists. There's a NY artist who we have been trying to find for weeks who has done some fabulous work for the anti-fracking movement. A cover will come out of all of it.

In the meantime, we launched the campaign (The Fracking War - Kickstarter) for the book yesterday, grabbing 11 backers and a lot of buzz from people. The lack of a cover design has been an obstacle for some parts of that marketing effort. For example, while we have t-shirts from The Fracking War as a reward for contributing to the campaign, we can't display exactly what they look like yet.

Patience grasshopper, patience.

Yeah, right.