The designer sent me the book for review on Tuesday. Right now it is 90 pages long, without the index. I actually thought it would be longer since it is in a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" format. I printed it out and proofed it yesterday, sending all my comments back to him last night. By this morning the corrections were made, and he had even corrected one error that I had missed.
Because of all of the pictures and illustrations, there really was not a lot that could be done with the book layout, but I am pleased with how it turned out despite that. The next step is to index the book, which I have said I will do. In Microsoft Word there is a simple indexing system, but since the book has now been laid out in InDesign, using Word will not help me. I asked the designer if there was any alternative available, and he said "Only if you have CS5, because it has an index utility." Well, as it so happens, I have CS5 (Adobe Creative Suite 5) on my MacBook. Not that I have ever used InDesign, but still... So the designer is mailing me a CD of the book (again the problem with sending it since it is so large of a file) and I will see if I can make magic with the index program. Otherwise, I will be manually writing down all the topics and names along with their respective page numbers, and typing it all up to send back to the designer. Smile gently on me, oh CS goddess in the sky!