It took us a little more than a year to finish laying out this book, and in that time a myriad of life events occurred – from family deaths to cross-country moves and everything else that at times made it difficult to continue. But we did it, and while I have in my possession a proof of the entire book, the author, Jim, has in his possession the entire printed book. More specifically, he has 50 early release copies.
He sent me these photos last night. My stomach turned somersaults.
I will get my own copies in another month or so when it’s available to the public. Oh, you want your own? Well how LOVELY of you! Let me help you with that. Simply click on the website screenshot below and it’ll give you more information. The book will be widely available in August.
The Green Bay Packers book has been uploaded to the printer. Whew! It has been one solid year since I accepted the assignment to design and edit a history book about the football team, and I can say with certainty that I’m pretty much almost ready to be done with it, sort of.
As far as the tedious work goes, yes, I’m mentally and emotionally done. As far as the creativity goes, no, I’m not entirely done, but that mostly comes from the fear of not knowing what comes next. (You creative types know what I mean.) I uploaded the files last Thursday and they are currently going through the printer’s preflight system to check my margins, fonts, photos, and other technicalities. I suspect I’ll hear back about some lower quality photos and there may be some other unforeseen issues, but otherwise, we are finished. Once minor corrections are made and the files are ready to be turned into a 512-page book, my work will be done. When the website is live, I’ll give you the link and then you can buy yourself a copy, because I know you REALLY want to know all there is to know about the Green Bay Packers. (Mom and Dad, you can have a freebie because I love you so.)
Part of me wonders if now is the time to begin work on my own book, especially since I accepted this project primarily as a learning experience. A writer I once interviewed told me that every writer has at least one book idea under her bed. I have two book ideas, a concept for a line of greeting cards, and thoughts on a locally-spun column for the city paper. Perhaps it is time to explore these machinations with a little more vigor.
Jim, the book’s author, came over last night for our last round of editing. All 28 chapters of his coffee table book about the Green Bay Packers are finished. That’s roughly 470 pages of design work and editing on my part, and there’s still a ways to go when you consider I need to apply page numbers and generate the table of contents and index. (I also need to color correct all of the 300+ photos according to the printer’s color profile, but that’ll be a snap. <— note sarcasm.) But, the bulk of the work is finished. It’s been an 11-month process and by the time I upload it to the printer, it will be closer to 14 months.
Overall, I’m pleased. Very pleased. Yet, the nit-picker in me (and editor-for-hire) will end up spending a great deal of time looking for inconsistencies and omissions. Do all the design elements line up perfectly? Are all the numbers appropriately numeric or spelled out? Have I added the copyright symbol everywhere there ought to be one? Does the color palette really mesh? Is every page balanced? And do I love that font as much as I did a year ago?
All of these things will become my priority once we’re settled in Knoxville. Jim knows I need a couple of weeks to get the house organized, the kids acclimated and to catch up on things that need catching up on (wink, wink), but he also knows that I KNOW deadlines, and if the plan is to have this book published by training camp time, then I’ve got about two months to finish the entire thing.
Don’t you know I’m already wondering: What happens next? When the book is finished and there’s nothing for me to do creatively, what in the world will I do? I’m a little nervous about that.
This is our last weekend in Amarillo. Packing will be the prominent activity. That, and reflecting on everything I learned while living here. A goodbye post is coming soon.
What a night! I was all a-Twitter and texting my Dad and fidgety throughout the whole game. The boys fed off my energy and ran circles around the living room while I jumped up and down like a hurdler in an Olympic race. People, because the Green Bay Packers won the Super Bowl, we now have the perfect last chapter for the book. Jim, the author, has been given the sweetest gift of a successful football season.
But it’s not like he ever doubted. No, the man has had “a feeling” for months. He first spoke of it to me the night the Packers beat the Bears, that he felt this was going to be a particularly great year, that his team could go all the way, and that everything has fallen into place with the book thus far, so why wouldn’t EVERYTHING fall into place?
He and his wife went to Dallas on Friday to attend a few pre-game functions with people from Green Bay but fully intended to watch the game in the comfort of his own green-and-gold man cave. He’s superstitious, so watching the game anywhere other than his basement could prove fatal for the team. However, due to the snow, their direct plane was rerouted to Lubbock, which meant they had to rent a car to drive back to Amarillo. This was the picture message I received about 1 p.m. yesterday afternoon:
His text message read: Flight home was delayed so flew to Lubbock and driving home. Check out plates of rental car! PVY means Packer Victory.
Now you tell me – how likely is it that rerouted flight passengers (and Packer fans) headed from Dallas to Amarillo would get a rental car in Texas with Wisconsin plates with letters like those? I’m just sayin’.
As of last week, we were very near the end of the book, but suddenly there’s another chapter to be written. I certainly don’t mind.
My vote for Best Super Bowl Commercial (for obvious reasons):
A year ago I wouldn’t have recognized this post as my own, but in the last 10 months of working on the book I’ve come to appreciate the history and story of the Green Bay Packers and the city that never let them down. Whether or not you’d call me a fan, I don’t know. In lieu of a label, I’ll just throw my support to the team of Greatness and hope they can bring home the Lombardi Trophy tonight. We’ll be watching!
(from the archive) The Green Bay Packers, 1919: