Thursday, August 13, 2015

Proofing the pudding

I announced earlier that my plan is to release Daeva this fall, and I've been working hard to meet that goal. Fall is now a mere five or six weeks away, and I'm happy to report that Daeva remains on track for a fall release. Yay! Actually, I think it'll be ready for an early fall release. Double yay!

I'm at the stage where I'm searching for punctuation problems, missing words, tense problems, misplaced modifiers... Editing a hard copy is always an eye-opener. I design the cover online and edit on a computer screen. I think it's about ready to go when I upload it to be printed. Then the proof paperback arrives. Yikes. The proof is in the pudding, as the saying goes, and I've learned that before I serve up the pudding, I need to do a taste test. So I'm proofing the pudding, if you will.

So that's my Daeva status report. I tweaked the cover quite a bit after seeing the proof copy, and now I'm very happy with it. The inside layout and readability is good. Daeva is about 300 pages the way I have it formatted. It could have fewer pages and cost just a little less, but that would make it more difficult to read, and my goal, whether writing or laying out text, is to make my novels easy to read and hard to put down. I'm finding more errors (mostly punctuation) than I'm used to at this stage, but I'd rather find them now than later.

Time for me to get back to cleaning up those errors. Get ready or stay ready for Daeva. Won't be long now.