Stage one involves editing and formatting, giving the final polish and to check for anything I might have missed. This is going well.
Making ready for stage two (utilizing my volunteer reader), Greg is shifting his commitments around, cramming his studying into lunch breaks, generally making room in his busy schedule and freeing up as much of the weekend as he can. He won’t get it finished in a weekend, but a weekend gives him the biggest space in which to get immersed.
One of us didn’t time it well, folks, and Greg took on two courses on top of his full time job – right at the time when I would finish my book. And yes, he’s known for eight months that my launch was scheduled for July. Okay, it’s true that one of the courses was foisted upon him, but nevertheless, it’s a lousy time to be busy.
Not that it really matters (as I trust my own work), but it’s nice to get feedback from a trusted source. As I’ve made him part of the final process – and he wants to be part of the final process – it is important that he slows down and does it right. At this point in time, my book is not a project he can hastily complete. This is not the time for speed-reading. Any other time, yes, but here and now it’s important to take it in properly because I am looking for an assessment of value, not an assessment in haste.
This he knows and he takes his participation seriously, for which I am grateful.
So far, all is looking good.