Finally, the test prints of the book arrived with me last night in São Paulo. The notorious Brazilian postal service took their sweet time over carnival, but they arrive in mint condition, save for a few bumped corners. The good news is that they look BEAUTIFUL! I was really happy to see the clean, crisp white covers and I especially like the velvety texture of the book covers (you will see what I mean when you get your copies).
As you might have guessed by now, the bad news is that we are behind on our delivery schedule, instead of taking 2 weeks to arrive with me, it has ended up taking twice as long. But where we fall down at delivering on time, we strive to make up for with the quality of the finished product. In general, I am very happy with the prints, I have carefully scanned every page (twice) and discovered a few minor and one major issue that needs to be tweaked.
The major issue is that whoever was responsible for checking the bleeds at the printers forgot to put their glasses on that day, as there are big white spaces around the pages that should not be there. See the example below, the illustration on this page should run all the way off the page, but the bleeds have been set wrong. (For anyone not familiar with bleeds - bleeds are used in the printing world to allow you to run artwork right to the edge of a page).
Thankfully this is an easy fix, so we can do one more test print, which should take 4-5 days, then the publishers in New York will check that everything is perfect and THEN we can get down to the important business of delivering your books.
So this is how the new delivery timetable looks...
* 4-5 days to do one more, final test print
* Then place the order to print your books, which takes 5-10 days, plus 5-10 days to deliver. Unless you live outside the US or Europe in which case it will take a little longer.
I hope you all agree with my decision to do one more test print and as always thank you for your tremendous patience. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate do send me a message.
As our co-author Roen Horn would say (on page 175) "Living forever is something to hope for and strive for - it's an eternal struggle". - I don't know about this, but sometimes I feel like publishing books is an eternal struggle, let's hope that is not the case for much longer! ;)
Thanks for reading all the way to the end.