As readers of this blog will remember, a month ago I announced the publication of my new book, Ages of Discord (see this post). Things got a little delayed because, as I was traveling in central Java, my computer suddenly died on me. On the plus side, I appreciated a vacation from the tyranny of email, which allowed me to immerse myself in the history and archaeology of Java and Cambodia. On the downside, the book production had to be put on hold until I got back home.
At this stage of book production, 99% of work is actually done by various professionals. Marta Dec, the illustrator, has produced a very handsome cover, in my opinion. Take a look:
I would appreciate any comments on it (and we still have an opportunity to modify it if someone makes a compelling argument).
Here’s the mock-up of what the paperback should look like:
The editor Simon Reynolds is currently going through the final copy-edit, while Greg Laszczyk has already done 90% of typesetting. I worked with this team during the production of my previous book (Ultrasociety) last year, and I was happy to learn that all of them were available to help with Ages of Discord. As I learn more about book publishing and acquire a list of trusty professionals, the process becomes easier and more streamlined.
I have also advertised for an indexer, and I am currently in the final stages of negotiations with a very experienced one. In other words, and barring Acts of God, we are on track to publishing Ages of Discord later this month.