In the last post I told you about my story that turned into a manuscript, and itsâ€™ journey to Author House.Â I also talked about the submission process and how my manuscript had to be edited and formatted to the publisherâ€™s specifications.Â So, today the process continues with information about the book galleys. Exactly what is a galley?Â I know youâ€™ve heard of galley kitchens and boat galleys, but how many are familiar with a book galley or galley proofs?Â Until I wrote a book and began to think seriously about having it published, I truly never thought of a galley being anything but a place to eat on a boat or in a hallway type kitchen.
My manuscript, HEROES is now in the capable hands of Author Houseâ€™s Production Department.Â The next step will be the actual printing of my story into book form, and dressed in an, oh so pretty jacket.Â You read before on this blog site about a book jacket and how it came to be.
But, right now I want to tell you a little about how galleys earned their name. In the days of hand-set print type, the printer would set type into galleys, the galleys were long narrow metal trays into which type was laid and tightened into place.Â Through this process pages were printed.Â These pages were called galley proofs. The printer would make a copy, (in some cases more than one copy), of the entire manuscript using this method.Â The copy or copies was then sent to the author for corrections, changes, or in some cases additions. The next time I hear from Author House will be when they send me the galleys to be proofed.Â This is what the publishing house calls a galley proof.Â It will be my last chance to change or correct anything on the printed page.
To say Iâ€™m excited would be a gross understatement. Â The work that has led up to this moment has been mind boggling at times.Â I had to give thought to the designing of a book jacket, a logo, and a book trailer, which you will see soon on my website. I also needed a way to connect with the reading public. I wanted them to learn along with me how the process of self publishing worked.Â I wanted readers to get to know me, the person, as well as the author. I hoped that in turn they would want to read my story, Heroes.