Emails: From Publisher to Proof



Thanks for getting together with me for lunch. I’m so pleased that you want to publish “Stump the Librarian.” I’m reworking the order of some of the pieces in the manuscript, as you suggested. I hope to get the changes back to you before the end of February.

I’m attaching my Stump the Librarian logo, so you have a copy. One is transparent, the other is on a white background.

I’m excited to work with you, and your team at Intellect in getting my book published this year. Can’t wait for what’s ahead!


Alan Samry


Hi John,

Just checking in with you.

Dang it, I’m going to miss my own deadline.

I’ve taken your suggestion to heart, and restructured some of the pieces in the book.

However, in doing that, it’s taking me longer to reassemble.

Hopefully, it will be worth it.

I’ll be in touch.




Should have something to show you next week.

Do you have the library layout drawing you were speaking about?

At least in rough form?

John O’Melveny Woods


Think I have everything except the library layout inputted.

I welcome your thoughts.

Take a look and let’s plan on getting together in the next few days


Had a chance to look over the book, it’s shaping up nicely.  I love the headings, and the photo layouts turned out great. It looks like a book!

I noticed all the italics for book titles were removed in the formatting.

And there are some other formatting issues, some of the block quotes are still wonky.

Plus in my proofreading, I saw a few more corrections to make. I plan to add the essay titles in each chapter to the table of contents. I like how it looks in other nonfiction books, and it will help the reader see what’s in each section.

Is it okay to edit the document and save the changes? I ask because there are a lot of book titles, haha, and I’d hate to lose the changes if it needed to be reformatted again.

Early next week is fine.

How about Tuesday night?



Thanks for the cover and for meeting yesterday, it was helpful and productive!

Forgot to ask, where are you going on vacation?

We just have a weekend in Apalachicola, FL.

Looking through the book today, making more edits as I go and hope that’s okay? Totally digging the formatting, changes, and corrections so far.

It’s coming along nicely.

I’ve attached my book titles, hopefully there is one in there or we can come up with a new and better one, if need be.

One thing, after sleeping on it and looking at other books, can you make the first page of the prologue page 1?

I didn’t want to mess with that, and plus, you’ve got the cheat sheet to do it. 😉


Hi John,

Hope you had or are still having a fabulous time in Cali!

We had a nice weekend in Apalachicola last week, a nice quiet peaceful coastal town.

I’ve finished another read through and I’m passing it back to you.

A few things for you check/edit/correct:

I added two Shriners Hospital appointment cards and an additional copy page of my discharge at the end of chapter 1.

The numbered pages should begin with the first page of the preface.

Check the end of the document, the pages seem to have started over at page one.

Hope all is well, looking forward to hearing from you about the next steps.


Glad you are still reading.

I had the weekend to mull it over and I’m thinking of killing a few more pieces.

1985-2013-A sight and sound odyssey and…

The entire Memorials Chapter, Chapter 10.

They don’t seem to fit the leg or library theme.

Your thoughts?

If I did this, I would rearrange a bit.

Reference would be Chapter 8 and Reference Patrons would be Chapter 9 and Chapter 10 would become Vertical File.


So what would you like to do with this?

I think you need to come by and supervise these changes if you want to go ahead with them.

Your call – you are the author.


On p. 59 and p. 204 of the document, my computer shows the photos overlapping the text.

At the end of the document (p. 273), the pages begin again at page 2, page 3, page 2, page 3.  This messes up the index.  I don’t know if correcting the pagination will automatically correct the index.

For the index, I used his list of amputees but, of course, as he stated they’re not all in his book.

I’m unable to proof any of the quotes without copy to compare to, and it would take forever to proof the bibliography, so I didn’t.



Cover photo shoot at Fairhope Public Library


Thanks, she is a great proofreader, and I learned a few things about quotations and question marks.

Working on this over the next few days.

I will proofread the bibliography again and the quotes.

Hoping to get it back to you Saturday.

Since I fear screwing it up, I’ll leave the formatting, index, and photograph edits to you.

The cover photo looks great!

Thanks to you both!


The Missing Link in the Samry Tree, Burt Shepard, These are in the doc but not in the Table of Contents…Shall I add them to the TOC?


Yes please!

It should be “The Missing Limb in the Samry Tree.” I moved these pieces around and didn’t update the TOC. Thanks for catching this!


Cover preview, with five legs

Hi John,

You caught me in the middle of crashed computers the other day, sorry I didn’t have time to talk.

I think the overall cover layout is spot on!

I know he’s working on the cover, but I’ve got a couple of suggestions, stuff he may have already edited.

Can he remove the .com, but keep the color wifi background in the logo?

The subtitle is “A Writer’s Book of Legs.”

Is the background of the subtitle too dark?

Is it possible to use prosthetic legs as the other Ls, as in Legs and my middle initial?

Just curious, not sure if it would be too many legs though, hahaha.

If you have any suggestions, love to hear them.

Can’t wait to see the next version!

I’ve attached a list of potential reviewers and included some contact info.

Also, I want to remove the c-word and replace it with an ellipsis.  It’s on page 59 of the index version of my book. If you could change it to “You’re a fuckin’…!”

Working on the back cover description, still not happy with it, but if you need it let me know.

I’m planning on upgrading my websites.

They are both through wordpress.com. If you prefer to make a separate book website, that’s okay too, but we might be able to create a static page for the book when I upgrade. Either way, my sites need new looks, and we can link it all anyway.

Finally, and sorry for relaying all this on Memorial Day so feel free to ignore it today, can you email me version five of my book.






Good Morning,

Leave the legs in the logo and the subtitle, but take them out of my name.

Could you have Ellie proofread the back cover write up?

Once that’s done are we ready to print the four or five proof copies?

I could not have done this all by myself. There was a time when I thought I could. I was wrong. Fortunately, I’ve surrounded myself with people who know the self-publishing business and rather than gouging an author to produce the book, want to share in the success of the book. However success is measured, which really can’t be measured until the book is available, which will be late October or early November, so keep your Tuesday nights open. I’m glad I decided to ask for help. Whatever comes from my book, I’m proud of it, I hope others see a value in it and recommend it.

Now that the book is nearly done, I must switch roles to book promoter and marketer for the next few months while I await people who will blurb/review/endorse my book. Then when the book is out I will be asking those buyers to review my book on Amazon, or Goodreads, or wherever they wish to say mostly kind words about my writing.


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Subject: Proofs

Left them on the front porch



I’m hoping this week, tomorrow? We can make my edits together. I’m waiting on someone else to finish reading. Should we wait on them or go ahead and meet anyway? What would be the next step? Send it out to reviewers?

Let’s wait to get the view of the other person – and yes, once it is finalized it is out to reviewers.


Okay, now we are bumping up against a holiday week.

Let’s get together the week after the Fourth.

I’ll keep you posted.



1 thought on “Emails: From Publisher to Proof”

  1. https://www.arts.gov/news/2019/national-endowment-arts-announces-more-27-million-grants-reaching-all-50-states-dc-and

    Hello Alan,
    Congratulations on your amazing book – so honest and inspiring! I thought you would be interested that the National Endowment for the Arts (www.arts.gov) recently awarded a design grant of $45,000 to Design Museum Boston to support the publication Bespoke Bodies: The Design and Craft of Prosthetics. You can learn more at the link above. You might let them know about your book. My husband and I met you at the Fairhope Library and went to hear you speak at the Foley Library. We live in S. Sutton, NH and I work part time at the New London, Tracy Memorial Library. Best of luck with your creative endeavors!
    Catherine O’Brian & Jody Wells

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