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Met up with the person doing the layout for the book, and we hashed out some smaller issues. The nice thing—the really nice thing—about self-publishing, is the fact that you have absolute creative control. No editor, with a mind fixed on "market trends," can alter your book, sometimes eliminating the creative—and possibly the inpired—element of your project.
However, I'm finding that there's so much to do when you're publishing a book by yourself. While I wait for the layout to be finished, I'm looking into getting reviews and/or recommendations, which brings up the issue of how said reviews get onto the back cover of the book before it's printed.
In my research, I've discovered the term, "galley." It's the book in more or less manuscript form, which is what you send to reviewers. So the next 2 issues to address are: who do I want to send these things to, and, how do I produce several copies without spending a fortune? If you are a publisher with your own press, you can obviously do a very, very short run of 50 copies or less without breaking the bank. But I'll have to produce these on my own, before I send stuff off to the printer. People have suggested just text, but for this book, of which such a large part is the colored illustrations, that's not an option.
La-de-da, la-de-da. I'm sure I'll figure it out. Maybe I'll be REALLY picky about who receives galley copies, and can print them myself at home on my little printer/copier. It'll cost me a lot in ink, but may be the only way to go for now. Or I could select out the pages that take the most colored ink, and print them at the copy shop in town. Fifteen cents a page may sound like a lot, but it's nowhere near the cost of those ink cartridges.
This obviously requires more thought and maybe some more information.