The BECB, that is. (That’s the big evolution/creationism book, for those not up on the local slang.) Many years ago, my thesis adviser, exasperated that I was “putting the finishing touches” on my thesis for about two straight months, told me heatedly that at some point you have to stop revising and just hand in the damn thing. So I took that to heart. Each time I proofread the BECB I found something new to fiddle with, but at some point you just have to say that enough is enough. It’s as good as it’s ever going to get. So I sent it off to my editor this morning.
Of course, it will be a while before it gets turned around as a finished book. I assume it’s going to be sent out for some sort of peer review. There will probably be one more round of revisions, and there’s a decent chance I will have to cut some more stuff since it’s currently a bit on the long side. Very painful, since as it is I have about another hundred pages of material that I wrote and then cut myself. Is there a sequel in my future?
At any rate, thanks to all my proofreaders (you know who you are). If the book is readable at all it’s largely because of your efforts.