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.