After 12 straight hours in front of the computer today, I reached the 50 percent milestone on Windows Phone Secrets: I have now submitted 50 percent of the book to the publisher. Of course, I’ve written more than 50 percent of the book–in fact, one of the unfinished chapters is over 20 pages long–but the publisher only counts completed submissions. And these submissions must include all screenshots as well as chapter text. So that’s what the 50 percent mark means: Literally half completed from their perspective.
According to the schedule, I need to reach 100 percent by August 1. Realistically, this is going to be difficult for a number of reasons, not the least being that some parts of Windows Phone–notably the Games hub–are currently unfinished. We’re also leaving for Germany for three weeks on August 1, so I’d like to be done with the actual writing by then for obvious reasons too. (I’ll be working from Germany, however, so it’s not like I’m taking any real time off.)
(Side aggravation: If Microsoft had just supplied a phone even a week earlier, it would have made a huge difference in my schedule. Huge. But they didn’t, so I’m killing myself to get it done now. I expected to get a phone many weeks before I did, actually. That’s another story.)
This will be a short book compared to Windows 7 Secrets. I’m curious to see how short.
The half I’ve sent in is about 180 pages in Word. But there are also about 200 screenshots. I’m shooting for 400-450 printed pages, but we’re using a new series template, so I’m not sure on the math between Word pages/figures and printed pages anymore. But I’d guess it’s on target. (My target. The publisher would like something longer.)
Good night. :)