I approved the final proofs and received this from my publishing specialist a few minutes ago:
Thanks so much, Gary!
With the proofs approved, we are moving forward with preparing your proof copy. From file preparation to printing and delivery, proof copies typically take 4-6 weeks to arrive at your address.
Hmm, I had forgotten this step in the process. I have been through this already, before I made some major changes. The earlier version shipped on May 30th and arrived June 8th. Because my book is small and simple in format, it usually goes through these procedures in about half the "typical" time. I am pretty certain the collection will be published in August, but I have adjusted the estimate from "in the middle of" to "towards the end". Anyway, I will post again on Tuesday. I'll give you a sneak peak at a new poem I'm writing about a canape.