July 14, 2014
A Construct of Angels, Amazon, CreateSpace, debut, edit, novel, paperback, paperbacl CreateSpace, self-edit, self-publish
Well, my second proof copy has arrived from the USA and despite my best hopes, I’m still finding errors in the text. 😦
I asked my significant other if she’d read through it for me… a fresh pair of eyes, and all that. However, after five weeks of gathering dust (the book, not me!), I realised I’d have to undertake the task myself. *sigh*
After hundreds of read-throughs, I’m having real trouble concentrating on the text and find myself drifting along with the narrative instead.
Why, I keep wondering, do these text errors continue to plague my MS? I like to think I’m meticulous with my grammer and, speeling. I can only imagine the errors are typos I’ve somehow missed.
True, my typing isn’t perfect. As It gets faster, mistakes begin to appear, so I temper my speed to keep the typos down. However, impatience can sometimes bite and my fingers will get carried away, often typing faster than my brain (that only takes eight words a minute, usually!).
So this week finds me ploughing (yes, that’s how it feels after 500+ reads) through the paperback, hoping to upload and receive a corrected version before the end of July.
I have to – a couple of Floridian friends are keen to see a paperback copy in early August.
Anyway, back to reading…
In the meantime:
July 10, 2013
Amazon, book, check, CreateSpace, edit, error, fiction, find, novel, paperback, Post-it, search, self-edit, self-publish, strip, tag
Isn’t this is the BEST justification EVER for ordering a Proof copy of your Print on Demand novel?
I used nearly three packs of Post-it strips marking out typos (not too many), weird spacing issues (loads) and missing or shifted text (scores – mostly at the bottoms of pages where text had been moved to fill the silly gaps).
I also took the opportunity to have one last crack at polishing the prose as I went. Who says a writer is never done editing?
Anyway, Big Lesson learned here; Never assume that because it looks fine on the screen, it’ll be fine in print. WRONG!
And don’t order TWO copies in the naive hope that the print will be fiiiine *casually dismisses problem with a wave of his hand* and you would be able to send one of them to…for instance…your mother.
So glad I didn’t…
Unless you are planning to use an editing buddy, someone who will be reading the second copy, don’t waste your money. Order ONE, fix it, THEN order another proof – just to be certain.
Sure, it all takes time…an interminable period during which you are champing away, desperate for the process to be completed. But as I’ve posted before, patience is most definitely required in this self-editing game.
So, now that I have completed my read-through, I only need to update my electronic version and re-submit the document to CreateSpace…and order another proof copy, which must come all the way from the US… by snail mail..and then read through THAT…and identify any remaining errors.
*drums fingers in agitation*
How long is the average human lifespan?
Muse; Patience, Mister Toynbee, patience.