‘Stories From Bondi’

I’m waiting on Ginninderra Press for the final proofs of my collection Dead People Don’t Make Jam. Thought I’d reblog this post from Libby Sommer which explains the process.

Libby Sommer, Author

painting of girl lying on beach in torquoise bikini reading a book

Woohoo. I finished correcting first proofs of my new collection STORIES FROM BONDI due for publication by Ginninderra Press in September. A big job. Final proofs are the next step in the publishing process.

So what are first proofs?

Initial proofs of the book from the typesetter, sometimes still delivered in galley format.

For the author, this first set of author proofs can be a challenge because often what is delivered is the raw typesetting output. Text will have been formatted and a key task for the author is to check that no text corruptions occurred at the file conversion stage of typesetting.

However, because tables, illustrations, etc. may not yet have been added, what these first proofs still lack are the real page breaks and an indication of the book’s final extent. For this reason, careful scrutiny still needs to be given to the final proofs

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9 thoughts on “‘Stories From Bondi’

  1. In this age of blog sites like WordPress etc. are hard-copy books still relevant?…Do they “sell” more copies than what is read “in-situ” on the author’s persoanl blog?….and given that the blogged story remains in possession of and can be re-worked by the author, is it to the writer’s advantage to hand the manuscript over to a second party?

      • Oh, I don’t contest the reality of hard-copy books selling…after all, when we see people like Barnaby Joyce and Tony Abbott getting their contributions to the literary reservoir of humanity out there in the shop windows, it says all that need be said for publishing success…

        What I am saying is ; Is it worth the effort, the sacrifice of ownership or the kudos/vanity of seeing one’s name on a jacket in handing over rights to a publisher, when a contribution to the sensitive art of the written word can be as worthy if placed carefully on a personal blog and then promoted on social media?

        I will always consider myself a carpenter first and a writer as accident second..not through misplaced or reverse snobbery, but because of my approach to a story comes through a class awareness…I have in my posession quite a few rescued “Womans Weekly” magazines from the 1950s, redeemed from under linoleum from some renovations I was contracted to do by a builder..these magazines have the front half made up of short stories and serials of the sort we are familiar with these days as of the “romantic / scandal” genre…”love betrayed” sort of stuff..and the publisher promoted that genre and the known authors of the times unashamedly…but in doing so and catering for that market of those times, have they not formed in the public and indeed the writing contributors mind an expectation of both style and story-line to be met in sending a manuscript in to be accepted…Now even in these times, is it not expected by the publisher that an author (unless invited to contribute…a rarity..unless a well-known author) will write to those same accepted guidelines in expectation of success…something which need NOT be followed when placing a story on one’s own blog?

        I ask..; Will “marketting demand” of a literary piece in hard-cover that in these times puts profit first, outweigh “inspirational emotion” in the delivery of a creative piece of writing placed on an author’s personal blog?

  2. I write short stories for my own amusement, satisfaction and therapy. I packaged forty nine of them into a collection and sent them off. Ginninderra Press accepted them as is. Whatever happens from here, I’ll still be getting up early in the morning and writing.

    • Good on you Sean. That is really cool that they are going to publish them. I love your stories and I wish you all the best in getting them to a book audience.

      About whether or not to put them on the blog versus in books…books still have a lot of mileage to go I think before they are a thing of the past, there is nothing better than holding and experiencing stories in a book, rather than on a screen.

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