Along with scoring $40 worth of toiletries for $21 yesterday, my other huge accomplishment was receiving the galleys for the book in the mail. Introducing the plain-cover-version-because-we-don't-have-the-cover-art-finished-yet copy of Navigating the Land of If: Understanding Infertility and Exploring Your Choices.
It is pretty damn trippy to hold a copy of your book. I mean, sure, I've held a construction paper covered and stapled copy of the novel I wrote as a four-year-old: Miss Piggy Sings A Lot of Songs on Tuesday Morning. But I guess it's different when it has a real binding and cool graphics and can be purchased at the local bookstore rather than "rented" from my makeshift "library bookshelf" in my bedroom. With an old address label as the "bar code."
Obviously I knew that the book was going to be coming in bound form at some point, but I decided to bring it over to my parent's house and surprise them. I handed it over and said, "I found this really cool book at the bookstore today."
I know--how fucking lame can I get with announcements? Seriously, I did something equally lame for when we told them about the twins. It's like I have announcement anemia. My announcements are so anemic that they only elicit a confused, "what?"
Here is a random page so you can see how cool it looks on the inside. While I'd love to do a side-by-side comparison with my Miss Piggy book, I believe that it is currently being housed in a drawer at my mother's house.
This random page has a text box on what to do when you hit a blood vessel during an injection and whether the drugs still work at full potency if you reinject them (they do--you get a bruise, but you save $50 without having to throw away that shot of Gonal-F) which is something I always wondered and I've never seen covered in a book. And while the nurse that I asked thought the question was strange and needed to go do research herself to answer it, she agreed that it was sound information to have. The other text book is why bruising occurs at all and how to minimize it. Shazaaaaaaam!
This is what I didn't know about galleys--they are essentially the butt-ugly, quick version of getting the book into bound-form so you can send it out for blurbs, medical vetting, and the like. Most of the time, galleys are not even produced in-house. It is only going to get better from here and I already love the layout.
So, that's the update on the book. Galleys are in. I'll post the cover as long as the publisher says it's okay when I have that in hand. The bound version that I'll use for the final edit will be sent around January. And um...that's it. Oh--and there's a message to all of you on page 286. That's just me being a tease--you'll have to wait until May to find out what it says. I sure hope they don't change the page numbering now that I've said that.