Happy Birthday to me! Guess what arrived on my birthday? Author’s copies.
This was probably one of the hardest books to research. I landed the job not long after President Trump won the election. A Google search on “electoral college” returned tons of links but I knew that most of the material would be unusable. My editors wanted a balanced historic take on this American institution. I had to go deep enough to unearth articles written by political scientists.
Another tough thing about this type of topic is going beyond your own take on it. I’m a political liberal. Theorists on that side of the divide mark the College as racist and pro-Slavery. As I read further, I uncovered material that discussed balance. Was that just the Conservative party line? I had to read further to find out.
I did a good job explaining the why of the college but my editor asked me to cut some of the history and bring in more of what was going on now. I had achieved liberal vs conservative balance but not done as good a job with then vs now balance.
I have to say that I’m really happy with how this book turned out. I learned a lot and I think I managed to present a complete picture that isn’t weighted too heavily one direction or the other. The publisher has also done a good job with the book design.
The interior is clean and easy to read. That’s a big one. Some publishers tend to get carried away with special features, graphics and sidebars. There’s almost too much to see. They also don’t do a good job choosing images or they use low resolution images that look pixellated on the page.
Yes, yes. It is my book baby so I may be a little biased but still? I’m really happy with it.