24 February 2008 by Published in: Research and Writing 3 comments

Last evening, I got an e-mail from Ted Savas indicating that the page galleys for the retreat book were ready for us to review. This is close to the end of the process; all that’s really left is to finish the copyediting and for the book to be indexed, and it’s then ready to go to the printer. I spent several hours going through the galleys, which are 536 pages without the index, and finding the sorts of very routine corrections that I would expect to find in a page galley at this phase.

After all of that work, it’s always extremely rewarding to see the book laid out in a format that is very close to what the final product will look like when published, and that’s always exciting. It means that the end is in sight.

Ted’s having some bound galleys made of the uncorrected page proofs for submission to the History Book Club and the Military Book Club for consideration as selections. Both picked up my book Battle of Monroe’s Crossroads and the Civil War’s Final Campaign , which was quite an honor. For reasons that I still don’t understand, they passed on Plenty of Blame to Go Around: Jeb Stuart’s Controversial Ride to Gettysburg, so we’re all hoping that they will pick up the retreat book and offer it at least as an alternative selection, but hopefully, as a main selection.

I will keep you all posted as the book grinds through the publication process and as the release date draws nearer.

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  1. Sun 24th Feb 2008 at 11:15 pm

    I don’t know what this coming week has in store for me Eric, but I would very much appreciate the opportunity to once again review your work in my column in the Free Lance-Star. I can read in bed and frankly, I have worked so hard finishing all of my own deadlines before entering the hospital, I will surely need something to do when I get out. You guys have my info. Send me a review whenever it’s out and I’ll be sure to get it in a future edition. JD has done a great job too of explaining the status and it looks like a highly original approach to the Battle of Gettysburg. If it’s half as good as “Plenty of Blame” you guys did your job.

  2. Mon 25th Feb 2008 at 1:17 am

    Thanks, Mike, and you have our prayers and best wishes.

    We will definitely get a review copy out to you (we have Savas sending it as soon as available) and thanks for the kind words.

    We intended it to be half as good as “Plenty of Blame,” so your wish is answered 🙂

    (OK, it’s twice as good!)

    Good thoughts,

  3. Mon 25th Feb 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Wow, guys, there must be something in the water. Between you, JD, Mike N., Michael A., Cris Wehner, etc., there are a lot of bloggers going through galleys in the past few weeks. I can count myself in that group also! I rec’d my Lincoln’s Labels galley last week and have spent many hours over the past few days going over it with a fine-tooth comb.

    I know you are old hat at this Eric, but for me, each of these steps: seeing the cover art, seeing the galley in the format that readers will see it, seeing my listing on LOC, etc., has been pretty cool…and gratifying after so many years of working on it.

    Best Wishes to All of You for Continued Success,

    Jim Schmidt

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