I've neglected this blog the past week (and no one has complained!), but I have my reasons (excuses).
My best excuse: Two weeks ago today, I received the page proofs for my book Red Faber: A Biography of the Hall of Fame Spitball Pitcher. My publisher (McFarland, of Jefferson, NC) wants the proofs back as soon as possible because it has a press run scheduled on or about October 30. So I need to hustle to proofread all the pages and build an index. I squeezed in a vacation day Tuesday; nights and weekends have not been enough.
The proofs were mailed Tuesday afternoon (whew!), but the index is still going to take some time; I am about one-third of the way through the book. Meanwhile, there are some marketing matters requiring attention.
McFarland emphasizes that the press date is not firm; things could change. However, IF the schedule holds, there should be a finished product by mid-November.