Single-Handed Fly Casting is getting closer to an editing finish, with Chapter 9 (Hauling) now wrapped up. The page count has plummeted during my edits, as well. Was 252 when I started. Not any more. We’ll see what it’s at when I get through Chapter 12. Then in go the pics, and that will expand things in a big way. Aiming to be 360 pages or less when finished.
I’ve got the “last pass” edits done through Chapter 8 (Curves), and am into Chapter 9 (Hauling). A lot of red ink, but then that’s the point. Once I hit the last page, it’s out to a few friends. Illustrations have begun, as well. Really trying to have this thing tied up for the end-of-year holiday time. We’ll see how I do.
While it still needs another pass for continuity, etc., the bulk of the text in Single-Handed Fly Casting is set. Part of the final text-check involves generating a full Table of Contents and an Index. While the Table of Contents doesn’t show correct page numbers yet, it does show an organized topic list, at least to a secondary level. There are many dozens of tertiary headers not shown.
If you’re interested in what the book is planned to contain, you can download a PDF of the current TOC below. Note that chapter names are missing at this point. A list of chapter names can be found in this post.
Single-Handed Fly Casting has been fully indexed and the pages are pretty much set. The attached screen-cap shows the pre-pix page count and chapter organization as of yesterday evening.
I very much appreciate all the “pre-pre-order” reservations. Looking like a majority of the 1,001 planned copies may be spoken for by the time the book rolls of the press.
In case the attached image reads like code, here’s the translation:
Table of Contents
1 – Mind-set & Modules
2 – A Foundation
2.1 – Components & Actions
3 – Overhead Cast
3.1 – Loops & Accuracy
4 – Line Control, Grip & Stance
5 – Mending
6 – Side-Arm & Crossing Casts
7 – 3D Casts
8 – Curves
9 – Hauling
10 – Distance & Wind
11 – D-Loop Group
12 – Other Casts & Skills
Those are the second, third, and fourth paragraphs of Chapter One of Single-Handed Fly Casting. The book is very much focused on the human aspect (as it should be), but I wanted to start off by setting that tone clearly. I think many casters get overly concerned about gear (hey, I love gear, too), but the gear can’t do much all by itself.
My current book project, Single-Handed Fly Casting, is in the photo and editing stages right now. There will be 1,001 hardcover copies, signed and numbered. There are currently no plans for a softcover edition.
I am taking pre-pre-orders for the book now. If you want to get in line for the actual pre-order (which will require actual money), either leave a comment below or send me an email. Those who sign up for the “pre-pre” will get the chance to grab a copy first if they still want one by the time I get this project done.
As of now, I do *not* have a locked-down timeframe for the printing of this book. I still have a lot of work to do, but things are moving along.
I also do not have final pricing as of yet, but it will likely be somewhere around $
50-55 USD (UPDATE: It will be $55), with additional shipping costs.
Using my old Nature of Fly Casting book as a basis. I’m guessing that shipping will be $6 or so via Media Mail in the States (UPDATE: yes), probably in the $
12-13 range to Canada (UPDATE: more like $36, shipping costs went ballistic for packages over 3 pounds) and $25 or so everywhere else (UPDATE: more like $50, same reason as Canada). Those are *guesses* not final numbers (UPDATE: pretty close to final).
With the massive change in shipping costs outside the U.S. I imagine some readers will want to skip the book and not follow through with a pre-order. Understandable. I’ll see what I can do to reduce costs, but I have a feeling that they are what they are.
UPDATE: If you already signed up on the previous blog, I have your info in a database, no need to sign up again. If you are signing up for the first time via a comment, please allow a few hours to a day or two before your comment appears (spam filtering and all that). Thanks.