Returning from Steveston B.C., we cruised through the San Juan Islands and Puget Sound, completing our research for the cruising season. Sorry to see the season end, we eased Got d’ Fever into her covered slip at Anchor Cove for the fall and winter months.
Combining pleasure with business can be intense while boating, but the real work begins when the collected data for the Waggoner Guide is organized, written, and assembled over the following months.
What goes into putting the Waggoner Cruising Guide together?
Edited text, new additions, re-writes and boating articles are entered into Dropbox, a secure file for collaborative work, storage, and sharing. Photos related to each chapter or location are also posted in Dropbox. A separate file is kept for changes and updates to reference maps and newly created maps for marinas and anchorages found throughout this comprehensive guidebook. After the editors have made their changes for each chapter, our layout staff works with the ‘InDesign’ program, arranging the various pieces for each page, including the placement of ads, photos, and text blocks.
A PDF of each chapter in the guidebook is created for the editors’ review; and the process starts again with additional changes, edits, and revisions. This process continues for two or more iterations until all proof-reading and edits have been completed, and advertising space has been filled.
Completion of the Waggoner Cruising Guide
Untold hours go into creating this complete 500-page cruising guidebook for boaters, which includes over 1,000 destination entries. A labor of love, the Waggoner Team works into the wee hours of the night, 7-days a week for several months to meet the printing deadline.
The completed file for the guidebook is sent off to the printers, who send back a proof before rolling the presses. A final review is made for color, placement, paging, registration marks etc. Any last-minute changes for edits or ads are noted as replacement pages which are communicated to the printer. After giving the final go-ahead for the presses to roll, it’s a big sigh of relief, followed by a happy celebration! Then it’s back to work in preparation for the Seattle Boat Show, where we reap the rewards of our efforts through smiling faces and comradery with active, friendly boaters.
~Lorena and Leonard Landon, Managing Editors of the Waggoner Cruising Guide
We look forward to seeing you at the Seattle Boat Show!
We will be selling the newest edition of the Waggoner Cruising Guide at our booth at the boat show,
or you can pick up your 2018 Waggoner Cruising Guide in stores or online NOW!