Just heard that the galleys for Star Wars and History are ready. Galleys are the perfect-bound pre-release versions of books (sometimes know as ARCs or Advanced Reader Copies). They’re pretty much the last step (besides finalizing the index and the jacket) as a book goes to press. Copies of the galleys go to publishers’ sales reps, reviewers and, in our case, other historians we’re hoping will write glowing blurbs to add to the jacket copy.
And I’ll be seeing a copy myself really soon which is a good thing to get me over the late summer hump with which I’m struggling. That’s nothing serious, just a combination of time-sucking tasks cluttering up my to-do list. Term starts in a month, eep!, and I’m so not ready but galleys? That’s energizing good news.