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After a few unexpected delays, and one fully expected one (the Lunar New Year celebrations in China), things are really rolling with The Littlest Shoggoth. Over the past weekend, the galley proofs arrived for the book. For those of you who have never been involved with a publishing project before, galley proofs are a single printout of each page done on the actual printing press, so that the publisher can check that everything in the physical product meets expectations. In this case, the galleys consisted of a single sheet with the cover, two other sheets with the front and rear endpapers, and four hand-collated booklets containing the spreads as they will be seen in the book.

I'm absolutely thrilled with the way things are looking. The colors are vivid and true to what I'd seen on the computer screen. The paper quality is top notch. And the whole thing looks even better than I'd dared hope. Here . . . have a look at a few of the page spreads.

They also sent me a mock-up of the physical book—a book filled with blank pages that has a paper printout of the cover wrapped over it. As you can see, the colors are more faded than in the actual cover galley, but you can still get a pretty good idea of what it will be like to hold the final book.

So, you can see that things are actually rolling along pretty smoothly. We only had two minor corrections to request based on the galley proofs, and those are already taken care of. Next, production on the book begins in earnest. Hope you're all as excited about this as I am!

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