image reproduced with permission from the University of Texas Press

The process by which a building becomes real may be long and confounding, but the way a book comes to be published can be just as mysterious.  After five years of work, my part is mostly done and now it is the publisher's turn to do the heavy lifting.  This week I received a mostly complete layout of my Courthouse book so that I might perform one final round of proofreading.  I have to admit, seeing things in "book-form" for the first time is pretty cool.  If all goes according to plan, I might just achieve my goal of having a book for sale on a shelf before bookstores collectively cease to exist.