The F&G’s for Miss Maple’s Seeds are in! This is exciting for two reasons:
1) I get to walk around saying “F&G!”, and nobody can scold me.
2) I get to see a beautiful printed proof of my book, all laid out and paginated.
As you’ve likely deduced by now, F&G is not a literary swear word – it stands for “folded and gathered”.F&G: “folded and gathered”. A complete printed proof of a book (stack of signatures) that hasn’t been trimmed or bound, and excludes the hard-cover.
F&G’s are the final chance to make sure there aren’t any errors and that the printing and colors are of the quality we’re after. It’s so exhilarating to see in print!
I would never have thought certain things like an ISBN, listed retail price, publisher’s logo, and copyright page could make me go giddy. But there you have it – it’s those details that make the whole thing feel more real!
Interesting side story – I usually get all my Penguin mail from my editor’s assistant, Sara Kreger, whom I discovered (via Facebook, where else?) is also the sister of a college friend, Laura Kreger, from UW-Stout. Crazy small world, eh?
And here’s a little peek at the first spread, just to wet your whistle:
I can’t wait to introduce Miss Maple to the whole wide world on April 4th, 2013!