As a first-time author, naturally, I have NO idea how the publishing process works, but it’s been kind of exciting to figure it out, one little piece at a time, like unraveling a mystery! My publisher, Arte Público Press, notified me they were preparing to layout my manuscript for galleys, to which I raised an eyebrow and the left corner of my upper lip and said, “Huh?”.
In my effort to keep you informed, I’m sharing the behind the scenes publishing stuff most people never know about! Another author, Catherine Delors, had this description on her blog.
In the publishing world, galleys, or uncorrected proofs, or advance reading copies, or ARCs, are created by the publisher months before the final printing and release of the book. They are sent to reviewers, booksellers, bloggers and other people crucial to the critical and commercial success of the book. A few stray typos may remain in galleys, and they are bound like paperbacks, though the cover is similar to that of the final book. Some may become collector’s items. They are after all “pre-first” editions.
I also found a 2-minute video on the subject.
Sometime this month or next I’m supposed to get proposals for cover art. Anxiously awaiting that. Once we have the cover art, this will all become very real!