In the interest of shameless (is there any other kind?) self-promotion, I hereby offer a page from the University of Illinois Press's brand new Fall 2010 catalog.
The arrival of a publisher's seasonal catalog is the penultimate step, from the writer's point of view, in the publishing process. The last is the actual appearance of the book. Then the really hard grunt work -- getting out there and promoting the book -- begins.
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