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February 02, 2009


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Congratulations, you got to this place. Remember the days you were not sure?

I understand having a hard time letting go of small details that matter most to you and not as much to customers. It's good you are really clear about the possible effect of more changes. This one is a miracle to go to press at all, I'd say...

I can not wait to see the book!!! Should be exciting.



I can not wait to see this one, either. What a trial you had getting it to this point. Kudos to you for being able to let go of the things that will make you crazy but will not affect the customer's experience.

Love your red/red-orange door.


Thanks for showing the details of the process. I have a question though. I'm a freelance indexer, and when I receive proofs (either "first pass" or "second pass"), I have anywhere from 2 weeks to 2 months to produce the index. The author and/or proofreader is also looking at the proofs, as well as the in-house editor, but they don't have a 24-hour turnaround. Has your index already been written? Or when will it be added to the book?

Linda Cunningham

(Note to type-geek self: do not look at pages 3 and 5.)
; - )

It looks fine, Deb, even the cover. Given all you've gone through with this, to have two minor glitches is nothing to go postal over, even though both you and I might do so as a matter of course.

(FWIW, the standing joke in our home is that I'm obsessive, and in my spare time, compulsive....)

Deborah Robson

Thank you, Linda, for assuring me you won't look at pages 3 and 5 {grin}. Maybe through a piece of antique glass or something it would be okay.

Mary, the index was done last July, when we thought we would be able to go to press in August. Indexing is done after proofing, because page breaks might (rarely) shift due to proofing changes. The layout was completed and solid: not a word was going to change which page it fell on (regardless of the computer's shenanigans, we would put anything that moved *back* where it *was*).

Proofreading and indexing are done from a different type of proof--it's a bit confusing that there are so many stages of the process that use the same name.

Susan J Tweit

Yay, Deb! I know those typographic details are like fingers on a chalkboard, but they truly aren't going to affect most readers (e.g., book buyers). And after all you've gone through with the software/hardware, getting this book to press is huge. So big congrats. And sleep well tonight!


Time to let go and breathe, at last... May your next project fly through with nary a glitch!

I've been fascinated watching this book grow up. Thanks for sharing your headaches/heartaches throughout the process. It's been a rare glimpse at what goes on behind the scenes!


What joy! Realize that only one person will see those oopses--you. Everyone else will be entirely tooooo busy reading the patterns, the storyline of the patterns, the instructions, wearing out their calculators as they put in their measurements, and grab that wool and knit, knit, knit, knit! Meanwhile telling all their friends about the new, wonderful knitting book!



Does Donna Druchunas actually visit the countries she writes about and meet with anyone in those countries to do original research, or does she just reference existing works by other authors?

Deborah Robson

Donna has been learning Lithuanian for two years (she's currently translating sections of some Lithuanian books) and has traveled in that country (and is going back). She also took an extended trip to Alaska for Arctic Lace. She has been to other countries, and has even more on her travel plans. She's teaching and studying several places outside North America this coming summer.

She has not been to all of the countries whose knitting she writes about--not feasible, and in many cases the traditions being written about are no longer active in those countries. She's very adept at using deep library resources in addition to what she is able to learn in person and through various types of communication with active knitters.

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