I got the final reader reports for my Blogging book back last week, and have till next Wednesday to completely finish up the manuscript. With the manuscript completed by Christmas, my lovely editor Andrea Drugan figures we can get all the bits of the copy-editing and proofing that I need to be involved in finished before the baby’s here in April, which would certainly be a Very Good Thing. The idea of having two or three weeks to go through a copy-edited manuscript with a tiny baby needing constant attention is not at all appealing. Also, this means the book’s highly likely to come out on schedule, in the autumn of 2008.

There are of course lots of suggestions for changes in the manuscript (did you ever read a manuscript or book that you wouldn’t have written differently yourself?), but the reader reports are mostly very positive, which is great! And there are some tweaks that’ll be good improvements, too, which is great.

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  1. […] I’ve got two more days to finish up the final version of the manuscript for my book Blogging, and it’s going pretty well. And look, the cover is ready! The book is part of a series called Digital Media and Society, and so the books have a uniform sort of look, with the grey, black and white and the rain of zeroes and ones. Andrea, my wonderful editor at Polity asked whether I had any particular ideas for the cover image, and when I asked Scott he suggested a megaphone, which is what the designer has chosen to use. I think it looks great – I like the semi-see-throughness a lot. And it looks a bit like a steering wheel, which you know, I’m the navigator of my blog, that sort of fits, though I’ve no idea if the designer intended that. […]

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