Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My book is moving forward

My book on source criticism, Tolkien and the Study of His Sources: Critical Essays, is moving ever closer to publication. I have learned that McFarland has completed its copyediting with only two questions (each on the length of a quotation from poetry). They called the manuscript “very clean” — something I worked at very diligently myself, and for which I also owe thanks to friends who read the manuscript — see the acknowledgements when the time comes! The next step is the galley proof, coming this summer. It’s during that stage that I will be assembling the index. Following that, it will just be a matter of waiting!

The book is also being more and more actively advertised. McFarland has already produced a full-color promotional flyer for the book (if you want a copy, email me), and I have heard from friends that the flyer was circulating at the PCA in San Antonio in April and at the International Medieval Congress at Kalamazoo earlier this month. My book is now listed on McFarland’s website, and it is available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, among others. The number of Google hits on the exact phrase, “Tolkien and the Study of His Sources”, has gone from none to just a few to well over 500 today.

One additional note. Some e-tailers are reporting a release date of August 16, but I’m told that the date is actually not yet firm, so don’t take that to the bank. It could well be later. I’ll keep you posted as the book nears completion.

10 comments:

  1. The FishWife6/01/2011 4:52 PM

    So exciting!!!!!!

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  2. 0 to 500 hits in just one day is amazing! Congrats. I'm looking forward to reading it. :)

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  3. Morgan Thomsen6/01/2011 6:22 PM

    Great news, Jason! I will surely order a copy once it is released.

    I noted that McFarland wrote "_The Lord of the Rings_ trilogy" in their announcement of the book. I don't know if the same text will appear on the back cover of the book, but if so there might still be time to fix it!

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  4. Thank you, FishWife; thank you, Cat Bastet; and thank you, Morgan! Good point about “trilogy”; I’ll pass that along. I didn’t proof their blurb closely enough. :)

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  5. I couldn't resist and pre-ordered it from the Book Depository. :)

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  6. Good luck with the book, and good luck with stomping out "trilogy". I know of one university press book whose copy-editor changed every succeeding reference to The Lord of the Rings in the text to "trilogy" and the author had to make them change it back.

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  7. At least it doesn't say "Middle-Earth". ;-)

    (This is Doug Kane; I still can't get it to let me post as myself, I don't think)

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  8. Thanks for the additional comments, Eva, David, and Doug. Eva, that’s very flattering indeed. For all I know, yours may even be the first copy purchased! Doug, have you tried any of the steps I described here?

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  9. Congrats, Jason, this is very cool! I will have to add this to my ever-growing Amazon wish list.

    Namarie, God bless, Anne Marie :)

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  10. Looks like unchecking "keep my logged in" does the trick. Thanks.

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