May 2, 2013 in 2013
Ugh. Writing a book while being a full-time stay-at-home mom with young kids, an active blogger and podcaster, and while being focused on healing from an autoimmune disease is hard work! Especially because this book is rapidly entering encyclopedia territory in terms of size and scope.
I want to thank all of you for being so patient with me while I frantically try to finish my book. I know I haven’t been posting as frequently on the blog as I did pre-book (and the frequency has been even lower in recent weeks). And it will probably remain low for a couple more months. And for the next two weeks, you might not be hearing from me much at all! Although, I won’t be completely dropping off the face of the planet — I do have some great guest posts, some great recipes of my own, some product reviews, and more teaser excerpts from the book coming soon.
I have about 2 weeks left to finish all of the writing (ack!) and draw sketches of all the medical illustrations, and then two weeks after that to type up the well over 100 recipes (haven’t counted lately, but there’s more than I had initially planned… I think about 120 with about 20 still in development that I may or may not finish on time) and go through all of the recipe photos (huge job). Frankly, I’m not sure how I’m going to finish (but, I will). And when I do finish the writing and recipes, I will be going immediately into the editing phase. Normally, authors get a bit of a break between when they turn in material and start getting edits back from the publisher. I won’t because the first half of the book is already being edited and graphics elements are already being created.
I hear that editing is even more demanding than writing, although frankly, I can’t even imagine how that is possible. I don’t even have a good idea of what this process involves. I know my book will go through at least two editors (and I think it might be three). I know that there will be a lot of back and forth in terms of design elements, the medical illustrations, other graphics and actual edits to the text. I’m hoping that the experience of writing 14 peer-reviewed scientific papers during my time as a medical researcher, as well as writing a PhD thesis, will have helped prepare me for this. After all, how can editing a book possibly be worse than editing a paper published in a top tier journal? Don’t answer that.
This book has taken a toll on my health and on my family. I am stressed. I am not getting enough sleep. I’m not experiencing a flare or anything (phewf!), but I have been very emotional and tend to lose my patience uncharacteristically easily. My kids miss my attention. I miss paying attention to my kids! My husband and I joke that we’ll have to start dating when the book is over so we can get to know each other again. Frankly, I am greatly looking forward to being done with it.
So, where am I at? I have three written chapters left to write (although bits and pieces of two of them are done) and two weeks to write them in (just to compare, Chapters 2 and 3 each took me over two months to write). Two of these chapters should be fairly straight forward (I tackled this book with the hardest parts first, and boy am I ever glad I did!!!). The other will require some research on my part, which means it will be a fair amount of work to finish. I’m at 180K words (granted 15K of that is references and 5K is instructions for illustrations and graphics elements)–not including recipes which are all still just written in notebooks–and we are starting to push the boundaries of what we can physically bind (the backup plan is to go with a slightly lighter weight paper rather than cut out any important information or go with a small font, which I am adamantly against doing). It is unfortunately too late to switch to a hardcover binding… maybe for the revised edition.
I greatly appreciate that so many of you have expressed such excitement over this book. I know you will not be disappointed! The Paleo Approach going to be a tremendous resource and guide and it is definitely a project that I am immensely proud of. Thank you so much to everyone who has pre-ordered (your pre-orders help boost book store orders, so they are very important!). And, thank you so much to everyone who has shared my blog , podcast, and my book with your friends and families. Thank you to everyone following me on facebook, twitter and pinterest. And a VERY BIG thank you to everyone who has donated through PayPal and supported me by linking to amazon from my blog (remember, you don’ t need to buy the item you link from!). This makes such a huge difference for me, I can’t even begin to thank you enough. Every little bit counts.
And, thank you for your patience. I hope that by mid-summer, I will be back to my prolific self on the blog. And hopefully, sooner rather than later, I will back to my normal self at home! And hopefully I will someday look back on this time and feel that it was all worth it.
Once again, thank you for your support.