I’ve spent the past few days working closely with my editor to finish up the last stage of editorial work on my book. Like the layout, there are so many tiny factors that go into this process. Issues like capitalization, punctuation, etc. were all prominent in the process. I’m so glad that I have such a wonderful editor, she’s on top of every little detail and has pointed out so many things that I would never have even thought of. Another thing I got to do while proofreading was read the book cover to cover several times. This gave me a sense of how the book flowed overall, which I had never experienced before. I figured out in this process that the book only takes one hour to read, which is great. That was my original intention, that it’s a book that you can read in one sitting, but that one will reference regularly.
Now I’m concerned with what to do with myself while I wait for my physical proof copy. Nothing makes me more anxious than waiting and feeling like I have nothing to work on. I don’t want to start any of my artwork as I’ve decided that I need the summer to focus exclusively on this book. I’ve been reading a lot of author websites, and one site recommended starting your next book while you wait. Apparently, authors have to do a lot of waiting, whether it’s to hear back from a publisher/literary agent or like I am, waiting for my book to be shipped.
I’ve decided that I don’t want to be a one trick pony, rather I would love to continue writing and publishing books for the rest of my life. So I’ve decided that my next book is going to be a compilation of all of my “Ask the Art Professor” columns. The book will be based on the blog posts, but be significantly more in depth with many visual examples of both my work and student work, mini-tutorials, and personal stories from my experience as an artist.