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.