This last round of edits came back on Friday and since then I’ve been prepping the manuscript for print and doing a final proof. And this part of the process – the formatting – is a pain in the ass. As a pro in the marketing field I use the professional programs that would take this formatting and make it into a dream. BUT for home use – and yes I’ve used all the 30-day free trials I can get with the pro software – I have to use Word. And while Word isn’t horrible, it sure as fuck isn’t a breeze to format a 245 page document. It’s the little things like getting the text to line up exactly from one page to the next at the top and the bottom, or if you want to change the location of the footer to the header in InDesign you don’t need to murmur a prayer prior to making that change. In Word? Prayer and maybe a sacrifice is needed so that you don’t randomly lose a chapter. And yes, I’m quite aware that I’m pushing the envelope on what Word is capable of for my purposes and as soon as I’m able I’m buying the entire Adobe pro suite. I feel like a fucking Adobe commercial now.
Okay, it’s late and I gots my grumpy pants on, but even so I have to admit overall things are speeding along nicely – next week is the layout edit then off to the printers. Woot!!! I’m so excited that my excitement’s excited!
And now it’s time for bed.