October 2006. I sent email to Zheng Shutang, saying that
the book was finally "finished" (in the "final" shape that was ready to
send to the publisher); I asked him about initiating a contract with the
October 31, 2006. Sent completed manuscript to FLTRP.
November 2006. Sent several letters asking if I could
stipulate that a part of the profit for this book could go to help people
in areas with poor educational facilities. In the end, I concluded that
such an arrangement was not available in China.
November 17, 2006. I received my first letter from FLTRP's
Duan Changcheng (commissioning department), who would evaluate the book to
see if FLTRP would be willing and able to print it.
May 25, 2007. Contract signed with FLTRP. They would then
begin the editorial process (which I expected to be a minor process since
the book was functionally "ready to print"; I was wrong).
August 7, 2007. Received my last letter from Ms. Duan.
September 6, 2007. Received first letter from FLTRP's
editor Deng Fuhua, who would help prepare my book for publication.
November 2007. The publisher told me about some things that
had to be changed in order to comply with China's strict publication
rules. In particular, I had to make major changes to the chapter on
December 29, 2007. FLTRP asks if they could send a pdf
version of the "almost final" paper instead of the paper copy as specified
in the contract. I agreed and received the files soon thereafter (though I
didn't have time to look at them until after my exams in January).
January 16, 2008. FLTRP says that due to unforeseen
"transportation limitations" the book needed to be published "before the
lunar new year"; this meant they had until Feb 7 to fix whatever problems
I found while proofreading over 450 pages in pdf format, which (though I
didn't know it at the time) now contained hundreds of formatting errors.
Over the next month, I put in a lot of hours to address the problems.
January 25, 2008. FLTRP and I agreed on a revised cover
design. The cover was among the things that had to be decided "in a rush."
My original design was rejected because it used a "world map" design (not
allowed under China's publication rules).
January 29, 2008. I finished sending corrections for the
"almost final" pdf files. FLTRP then worked for a week to enter the
February 4, 2008. FLTRP sent the "final" version,
supposedly having corrected all the problems I found in the preceding
February 11, 2008. I sent FLTRP a 27-page document (plus
attachments) to show how to fix the problems I had found on the "final"
version. I would not see the book again until it was printed.
February 25, 2008. FLTRP sent a fax with the ISBN
(978-7-5600-7264-7) and price (43.9 RMB). The book was now ready for the
March 17, 2008. Got email from FLTRP that the book was
printed and ready for distribution.
March 20, 2008. Sent over 3500 RMB to FLTRP to buy 100
copies of the book (I got 20 complimentary copies to give to those who
helped with proofreading and other things).
March 31, 2008. The first boxes of books arrived.
April 2, 2008. Party held to open the boxes and celebrate
the book's publication.