So, as I mentioned, the last step before publication is my approval of the final cover as it has been applied to the actual physical book. This, of course, required the arrival of the final physical proof:
(The slight bumping to the top spine was my fault--I got caught in the torrential downpour today, and to save the book, which I had brought to lunch to show a friend, so I pushed it quickly, but not elegantly bak into the mailer sleeve.)
Oh, and here is the back:
(I'm not a great photographer, but I hope these convey the basic aesthetic of the book.)
Once I approve it, the book will be converted to be available in e-book form, and then we go live.
Very soon, now, Phineas will re-enter the lists. And the story's fate will be very much up to the market--readers, reviewers, and commenters.
But, for now, I have a book in hand that I have authored that looks very much as I hoped it would, and has a nice heft in hand.