Apologies for not updating you for a while. Finishing up the book and sending it to the printing house last week took all available time. But now, the book is out of my control. The printing house is preparing to print and tomorrow it will commence. In about one week the sheets will be printed and sent off to the bookbinder to make it become the beauty it deserves to be.
Going back to the making of An Odd Story, we have concluded that two of the first steps is to have a good story and having sufficient material to work with. We have checked the boxes on both of these requirements. We have also separately concluded that trust is of essence to get not only quantity but also quality in the material. All with the purpose to enhance the story. However, despite all this, the hardest part is yet to come. To make a book, you need to put the words to the story. You need to tell the story in a way which captures the reader’s interest to make sure he or she reads on and ultimately enjoys the book.
The writing process is – to me – fun but also challenging, frustrating and sometimes painful. But mostly fun. Daniel and Peter have both been served with sections of the book throughout the process and the anxiety when you hit the send-button to these to gentlemen is intense. After all, both of them are my childhood idols and I am writing a mini biography of them!! What is most important to me is that they like what I write. Hadn’t they liked what they read, I would not continue. Thankfully, I have only received the kindest of reviews from them throughout.
Someone told me early on that the last 10% of the book would be the hardest to write. I did not really experience that to be the case (probably as I had a clear outline of the book from the starting point), but when it was time to read the book from cover to cover before sending it to the printing house was painful. Suddenly I started questioning phrases, paragraphs and the storytelling in some parts. So I read the book, cover to cover, over and over again. Today, close to a week after having sent it to the printing house, I am very proud of the outcome and I am sure you will enjoy it.
Next up in terms of making An Odd Story is the delivery of the first 1,000 books on November 1st. Can’t wait to hold it in my hands. Can’t wait to meet up with Daniel and Peter to hand it over. Can’t wait to send it to all of you who have been so supportive and pre-ordered it.
Cheers and horns up!