We just received our first prepress proof from the printer today! You can see below what a printer proof looks like. It's printed on the exact same paper that your books will be printed on. This proof lets us judge whether the color is rendering correctly, whether everything will visually line up once it is bound into a hardcover, and if we're getting the best shadow/highlight detail for the imagery.
The great news is that the paper and print quality are phenomenal. We can already tell that this will look so good when it is in your hands. What we need to do now is make some small tweaks to any files that aren't rendering as intended. Then we'll do one more proof to make sure the changes are correct. And hopefully after that, we'll have an approved proof at which point we'll be able to tell you when you'll receive your books (usually 4-6 weeks after approved proof).
So, thank you again for taking this journey with us, for being so patient, and helping us to make the best book ever for you!
Winnie, Cindy, and Alice