Someone said publication is a marathon, not a sprint – writing the book is only the beginning. Were these the words of the author or the publisher? Preparing Waitapu for publication has involved months of editing followed by a new wave of writing for author, Helen Waaka – an acknowledgements page, bio, author questionnaire, extracts for websites and social media, progress emails and notes for book groups. The publishing team too have worked hard, editing and more editing, selecting typography and cover designs, contracting reviewers, typesetting the first pages and all with the author hovering! But with the launch dates and venues confirmed the finish line is now in sight.