Behind the BTP - Part 2
Ok, let’s fast forward from our photo shoot to midsummer, when all patterns and written material were ready, photos edited, and the book was in its first stage, sent to us for first proof read! We did this on our midsummer holiday, when Saara was relaxing at her friends’ summer cottage, and Laura was enjoying Copenhagen. The two of us met in Lisbon, from where we continued to Lagos for a surf camp. In the bus (which we had to take because we missed our train), we put together both of our notes from the first proof read of the book. Altogether that must have been at least ten hours of work for each, plus the 4-hour bus drive (in the below pic, Saara is snacking on chocolate while working on the book in the bus). We had to make a very quick transfer from one bus to another at Lagos, since our first bus had left the station late of schedule, and when our bus arrived to the bus station of Lagos, we ran to the next bus. We made it of course, and arrived to our surf camp eventually. It was late and we were hungry and tired, so we decided to get settled in our bungalow, have something to eat, and then send the pdf with all the notes back to our publisher.
At which point, we obviously noticed, that we had no computer what so ever and instead, had lef it on the first bus (you can only imagine the break down). Well, long story short, we did manage to retrieve our computer from Portimao, two days later (HUGE thanks to the kind people at our surf school for making all the calls and driving us to Portimao), and sent our notes only two days after deqadline. As you can imagine, it was pretty stressful, and the pic below where we seem to be relaxing at our camp’s hammock, doesn’t really tell the full story :D.
The rest of the summer was quite busy with all book related stuff, editing patterns for the pattern sheets, proof read after proof read, and fine-tuning everything. In fact, we had to cancel the rest of our summer holidays to get everything wrapped up (Saara is still waiting for her summer holiday to start, Laura was lucky enough to have hers in September!)
Autumn came and our publication date got closer and closer! We received the first copy of our book fresh from the printer, wrapped in sparkling wrappin paper and confetti (by the lovely commissioner of out book, Harriet), and that was one of the best days of the whole year! Seeing something that you have worked so hard for, turned into an actual thing (and our names on the frickin’ cover)!
While we were anxiously waiting for the release date, our cutting table exploded. It had nothing to do with the book, but funnily, that first copy of the book of ours, was on the cutting table when this event occured, and it survived the explosion without a scratch! As you can see in the photo below, it’s still on the table even though the table has turned into crumble. Luckily too, both of us were out of office when the explosion happened.
The first-ever-copy of the book didn’t survive our book launch party though. We held the party here in our office a few weeks back, and accidentally managed to sell the first copy, that was supposed to be just for browsing, to someone! We only hope that they don’t mind that it might be a bit shabby, and missing the plastic sleeve <3.
One of the best moments of this book journey so far was when we took the trip to London to see our publisher, and also saw and signed this mountain of books! That was the first time that we sort of started to comprehend that all this was real, and the book was actually goin to be published.
We hope you have enjoyed the read! If there’s anything you would like to know about the book and about making it, please leave a comment!
Laura & Saara