This is part of a series about my experiences in publishing a book.The series starts here.
Hemlock printed the book last week, in one long day. Not wanting to stop the press after they got things dialed in, they ran it from morning until midnight. I couldn’t be there because I was attending two weddings in Virginia — more on that in another post — but Jerry, the book designer, went up to Vancouver to stand in for me.
Jerry emailed me yesterday to say that he had just received the “F&Gs”. That’s book talk for the pages that have been cut, folded, and gathered together into something that looks like a book, but will fall apart if yu pick it up, because it hasn’t yet been bound.
Jerry asked me if I’d like to look at the F&Gs. I didn’t think that there was much that could be done if we found a problem, so I asked about that. He said that individual signatures could be reprinted if necessary. Who knew? Sounds risky, though, since the press will be behaving slighty differently when it reprints the signature. I will arrange to have a look before we send the signatures to the bindery.