Last week, I talked with my editor, Nicole Geiger, for the first time since selling MAY. While we didn’t talk book specifics, I learned about a typical book schedule. As Nicole is wrapping two other books right now, I should expect to receive my schedule in the next few weeks. For now, here’s what I learned:
- Book deadlines are flexible but get tighter toward the end. The “soft deadlines” come early, before getting the book to press. The first “hard date” would be for the galleys.
- For a Fall 2011 book, galleys should be ready to print mid-January 2011. Tricycle prints mid-grade galleys domestically; it takes 2-3 weeks.
- Once the book is done, I’ll be handed off to the marketing and publicity department for the day to day contact with Tricycle.
- I’m to expect my author questionaire fairly early and am to “do it in a timely way but take [my] time.” While my tentative marketing plan lists authors the marketing team is planning to approach for blurbs(one of the most thrilling parts of this whole process!), I’m to also compile a list of “people who would make a difference” in sales: librarians, booksellers, blog reviewers, or other authors I’ve admired from afar.
Here are a few links I’ve found about author questionaires. If you’ve spent sometime thinking through the marketing plan posts I ran a few weeks ago, much of this will be fresh in your minds.
From Chris Webb’s Publishing Blog: Book Marketing for Authors: The Author Questionaire