Friday, January 09, 2009

Another Reason I Love Samhain Publishing

"Put it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light." ~Joseph Pulitzer

A few days ago, I got my galley for One Night in Memphis via email. This is the copy of the book that needs to be painstakingly proofread, for any mistakes/wrong words/formatting errors/etc. before it goes to print. Oh, and by the way, the official print release date is May 26, 2009!

Anyway, I don't really like reading through galleys, even though I know it's important, because it's monotonous and boring and requires A LOT of active attention.

So I started reading yesterday, and I discovered that whoever formatted the book (I guess I didn't see this in the ebook) used tiny little clock faces as section/POV breaks, rather than the simple decorative swirl they used in One Night in Boston. As if that wasn't enough, not only do the clock faces appear between the section breaks within the chapters, the hands actually change time as you read through the book. So the section breaks in the 4:00 chapter read as 4:00 on the clock, and the section breaks in the 10:00 chapter read as 10:00 on the clock, and so on.

OK, maybe it's a little thing. But I thought it was so cool of them to do, matching up with my story's theme, that's it just one more reason I think Samhain is not only professional, but attentive to its authors as well.

And that's my plug for today!


Liz said...

That was such a great idea!!

Chad Sayban said...

That is fantastic! They really are trying to separate themselves from other publishers with that kind of attention to detail. I'm going to have to keep them in mind when I get my novel finished.

Good luck with the proofing!

Diane Craver said...

That is so cool. I'm so excited for you and looking forward to your May release!