Page proofs for The Gathering Edge hit the mailbox yesterday. This means that, today, I will set up station here on the desk, with our submission copy up on the screen, and the proofs in paper, compare one against the other, and mark any errors on the paper copy.
At the very least, this is a tedious process, and I enter into it with a strong sense of trepidation.
Most of you who read here are aware that the arrival of page proofs in our mailbox means that the release of the Baen eArc is not far away. We, personally, do not know the name of that happy hour, 'k? So it's no use asking us. Usually, we find out that the eArc has gone live because an alert reader drops us a note, which we do appreciate. So, if you notice that the eARC is up for download, do let us know, and we'll help spread the word.
You will perhaps recall that, last year, Belle and I had a wager about how many Alliance of Equals eArcs we could sell. At that point, Belle was of the opinion that we wouldn't sell more than 500 (which would have been about 150 more than the total eArc sales of Dragon in Exile). Sprite, who last year was too young to wager, had it as her Strong Opinion that we would earn out our advance on eArc sales.
Neither was right, though Sprite came closer to the truth. We exceeded Belle's high figure by a factor of twelve, indicating that a lot of Liadens were into eArcs last year, but we did not earn out the entire advance.
This year, Belle is taking the position that last year was a fluke, and that no one wants to read a Whole Book about a Tiresome Kitten, anyway. Sprite, who this year can place a formal wager, has modified her position to Edge sales equaling sales of Alliance.
My position is that, with All the Uncertainty in the air, it could go either way. People could hunker down, and hold their purses tight, hoping that the storm passes them by, or they could figure wotthehell; a short life but a merry one.
And now, it's time for coffee and the first shift of proofing.
Everybody stay safe.