So my proof came-
And while my family and friends were ecstatic, I took it in hand and scoured over it like a mason over his last layer of brick work. They’re dying to look through it and show it off, and all I’m thinking is, “Ugh! Do I have to read it again?!”
See. It took many many many hours of comparing fonts and typesets and spacing and margins-blech! But I finally got, I think, it all done. However, I still have to go over it all and make sure-groan!
And the book looks really nice. Really nice.
But during this process, I noticed something about myself. I already knew that I am horridly picky about what I will read. And all this time, I thought I was a snob thinking, “I can do better than that!” But the good news is, I’m not, or I can’t, or… hmm…
I started reading my book for the first time as a book, and I knew I would find things in it I wouldn’t find before. But the good news, like I said, is that I was just as harsh about it as I am with everyone else’s. This is why I don’t do reviews of the books I read like most authors do. Because I rarely, if ever, have anything nice to say. And the last thing I want to do is invoke a bunch of evil reviews of my own writing! But as I found myself being as horribly horrid about my own writing as I am about everyone else’s, it made me feel a little better. Maybe I’m not such a snobby reader after all! 😀 !
I also discovered something that needs to be added to my list of formatting reminders: Once you have FINALLY finished formatting the inside of your book, recheck the page numbers on your TOC. My loving husband was going through it and immediately noticed that chapter 2 did not, in fact, start where it was supposed to. Duh! I should have realized it and didn’t, but those page numbers are going to change when the margins and fonts do.
CS suggests that you review your proof three times.
- Check format: headers, spacing, footers, page numbers, TOC, index
- Review images and graphics
- Look for grammatical errors and typos
I’m just on chapter 2, and I’m already marking my proof up with an orange pen. I’m having to force myself not to go into full edit mode, but I am marking legitimate typos and the like. (Oh November 14th, November 14th, wherefore art thou?)