That “Oh, no” moment

I got my proof copy of Riverbend from Amazon last week. I started to look through it, and —

Yes, you guessed it. I saw a typo. Then another.

To make matters worse, when I began reading it more carefully, I noticed places where I could have chosen a better word or phrase. Oh, the beauty of hindsight.

When I think about ordering a book online, I read the reviews. If readers complain of poor editing or too many typos, I usually pass.

I do not want that to happen to me!

So one more time, I went through it page by page, paragraph by paragraph, sentence by … You get the idea.

I followed some advice I heard at a workshop and started at the last page and worked my way to the beginning. When sentences are taken out of context, it is much easier to see errors.

And now I see my back cover blurb doesn’t really tell what the story is about, so I need to work on that as well.

At this rate, I’ll never be ready to let go, but I have a firm publication date of May 1.

I remember reading about an author who  wasn’t satisfied with the ending of his book, so every time he was giving a reading or lecture in a new city he’d visit the library and cross out the last paragraphs and write in the new ending.

I don’t intend to go to that extreme. But I am going to make sure this book is as ready as it can be for its debut.

There are people, and I used to be one them, who think writing a book is easy. You just sit down and begin typing.

They don’t  know the whole story.

Pun intended.

 

 

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. CrizGazr
    Apr 02, 2017 @ 14:37:11

    Don’t let this get you down! It is so hard to see our own errors, being so close to the work. It’s the same in every profession. When I was a graphic designer one of my clients was convinced by an employee that they can make their own T-shirts –they didn’t need me! Imagine my response when he called me and asked if I had a clever way to fix the t-shirts… they spelled the web address wrong.
    You’ll be ready by May1st -you have a whole month! 🙂 Good thing it was only the proof! I read my work aloud, it helps, but hey I had a typo in a seven line poem that was published! So, who am I to talk (hugs)

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