The first proof is now being printed and should be with me within the week. This does not mean that I have been idle. As both my daughter and I have been busy proof reading the electronic copy and uploading the book to the printers. Then proof reading and checking the layout again (and again). I had hoped that by now I would have a copy to show you but updates and amendments have taken a little longer than expected.
As part of my deal with the printers, I am allowed one 'hard copy' proof book prior to the full publishing run and I wanted to be sure that this copy was as close to perfect as possible.
There is no doubt that the publishing, or more accurately the preparation for publishing has taken a lot longer than I had expected. However I am now more confident that the book is nearing full production and the two month deadline that I set myself, (see this earlier post) is achievable.
Hopefully I will have something to show for all this work very soon.