Since this is an excellent preview of what the final book is going to look like, I thought you might be interested in seeing what the some PDF review pages look like. The template for the Secrets series changed this year, so this is the first time I’ve worked with this look and feel, which includes new callout types (previously, they were just “Secret,” “Note,” and a few others) a new way to laying out images, and so on. Here’s the beginning of Chapter 1.
Because we’re still editing the book, some pages have some (light) edits. For example, in this next shot, it’s a bit hard to see, but a letter “s” was left out at the end of a word. As I read through this, I can point out other errors I see, or make very light corrections and additions that don’t impact the layout.
Here’s another page that, like the previous one, shows a little bit of new figure layout. In previous Secrets books, it either wasn’t possible (or certainly wasn’t common) to have two images side-by-side. But in a book like this, where the phone display is generally in portrait mode, this makes some sense. (We can also put smaller images inline in the text, and have the text wrap around them as you’d see in a magazine, which looks nice.) This page has a bit of the “no auto display of images in emails” text that I previously quoted from as well. Plus a great picture of my friend John. :)
Anyway, that’s the gist of it. I don’t have all the PDF pages in yet since some chapters literally just got returned as part of the AR process, so I may be going over these here and there for the next week or so. This part represents the final actual work I’ll do on the book before it’s printed and released.
And, from Wiley’s perspective, by handing in my final AR/FM/intro submissions, I’ve just completed my portion of our agreement, so they’ve released my final advance payment. As with other aspects of the publishing business, that process is more modern now as well, so instead of having to wait on a check, it’s direct-deposited. Again, I’ll discuss the money aspect of book writing (more accurately, the lack of money) at a future time.