Tuesday, August 16, 2011

And I think that's a wrap...

The book revisions have been a it of an elusive thing. I think I had this sense that since they were quite manageable, I'd plow through them in May and June, and be done ahead of schedule. And then when that didn't happen. I figured they'd end up waiting until the end of the summer, when I'd have to plow through them and squeak in under deadline...

But here it is, a few weeks before deadline--closer than I would've liked, to be sure--and I think I'm done. I did the substantive revisions in July mostly, and edited those last week, to little fanfare, and this week, I've been concentrating on converting the whole thing to Chicago Style (nothing like a full on manual style sheet cobnversion to force you to proofread your endnotes!). So that's all done, and, I think that's it. There's some manuscript prep to do (breaking it up into files, numbering pages, stuff like that), but besides that, I think this draft is complete.

And of course, there's still copyediting and page proofs and indexing, so there's work left to do, but intellectually, at least, I think I can lay this project to rest. After all, it's only been, what? 11 years?

4 comments:

Dr. Koshary said...

Eleven years? :O Is that what I'm staring in the face now?

I mean, congratulations on wrapping it up!

Horace said...

Actually, about 12 years from the first seminar paper that probably contributed about two paragraphs worth of material to chapter four, but yeah...about that long. I defended it as a diss. eight years ago.

This is due to a number of things--a two year detour as a compositionist which got me started on the edited collection while back-burnering the book, and then a TT job that made getting tenure on articles the smarter option for me, so I concentrated on getting articles in print before returning to the book in earnest about two years ago...

So you could easily say there was a six-year break in there, but the project was percolating and maturing in there--the project that I might've published six years earlier would've been much, well, thinner.

Sisyphus said...

Yay for being done! (and I worry that I will go waaaaay beyond the 12-year mark with my own project).

PS, you should, of course, promote the hell out of it on facebook when it is all ready so that I get to see it and everything!

Ink said...

Congratulations! Time for some champagne!