So what exactly happens when you publish a book? Maybe you don't care, and if you don't then skip this, but if you have always wanted to know, then here's a timeline of my life this year.
January: Sold book to Carroll & Graf
March: Contracts are finally signed and I have until August to complete the book.
May: Carroll & Graf becomes part of the Perseus Book Group and then ceases to exist; the book becomes the property of Da Capo Books.
July: First draft is complete and sent to my editor.
August: Editing begins and is complete.
September: Book is sent out to be copyedited.
October: Copyedits sent. This is my last chance to make any major changes to the book. I just sent my copyedits in.
So what happens next?
November: I get back the typeset proof copies. This is a raw look at how the book will look. It is my last chance to correct minor things (mainly typos)
December: Proofs are sent out to reviewers.
That ends this year. How is 08 shaping out?
January: The Book goes to print.
March: The book is ready for sale, and is sent to booksellers across the country.
April: The book is officially released, and I begin a campaign to promote it.