Many authors, especially young ones like me, seem to be afraid of the peer review process. To be honest: I wasn't. Once SAGE decided to read the full manuscript for my book on Muslim peace activists, I knew that acceptance creep would set it. They were ready to invest effort, some money, and their network to check my book - and would not have done this if they had not seen potential in my proposal. Moreover: whatever the readers had to say would likely improve my work even in the unlikely event of not leading to a contract. Your book's first honest readers are its reviewers. I knew the road ahead was still long - the marketing department would have to go over everything, for instance, before I were to be offered an actual contract - but I was in.

Fundamentals: Some uncomfortable questions before you write any book
Proposal: Landing a book contract with little (yet) to offer
Review: Your book's first honest readers are its reviewers
Letting go: From author to published author
Technicalities: You thought you were done? Your book post submission
Marketing: How to find and engage readers for your book

Since the whole project had taken quite a while already, I now made sure to speed up delivery of the full manuscript. I knew there would come an editing stage after the reviews, so perfection wasn't my goal at that time: do whatever still had to be done, and submit. Before the press develops second thoughts. Extremely helpful at that stage was the expert help of Amy Müller of TeXt ex machina - I already edited the whole thing once too much to remain attentive to detail. After submitting the manuscript with her help, I had to wait. And wait. And wait. Peer review did not really scare me, but it took time.

How fitting, therefore, that this is also a Christmas post: I will take a two week break and be back in January with news on the actual publication process. Happy Christmas and a jolly new year to all my dear readers!