|Spot the deliberate mistake!|
- Check for words that are similar but not the same e.g. quiet and quite
- Try to ensure the first line of new sections are justified right and not indented
- Try to remedy my habit of over using a comma by removing them
- Remove almost every 'then' I've used (that's one of my 'things')
- Ensure all speech starts with speech marks and finishes with speech marks
- Change words I've repeat simply because whilst I was working on the first draft I couldn't come up with something better
Plus a lot of other stuff (I like the word stuff).
However this isn't the end of it. My manuscript goes off the the fab Hilary Johnson who picks up 'stuff' I haven't and corrects my misuse of punctuation (since working with Hilary she's taught me a lot of rules I never knew existed), poor grammar and clumsy sentences.
When I receive a clean copy it's pasted into a template ready for upload. Once uploaded the process starts again and the book (whilst in digital format) is checked to ensure:
- Formatting hasn't been lost
- Blank pages are where they are supposed to be
- The index is correct
- Headers are correct and there's no spelling errors (see picture above)
Plus lots of other stuff.
Then the paper proof is ordered and guess what? Yep, you've guessed it, the process is repeated. Once I'm happy almost every error (apart from the one we know will get away) is picked up the publish button is pressed. Finally, when the first set of copies are delivered that's when I resist the urge to check again. By that time if 'the one' has slipped through then I feel it deserves to stay there. Just as a reminder that there's always one!
Right, I'm off to do some more editing and proofreading on my next book.
Check out my latest two books (ebooks just 99p) - Ten Tales of Brer Rabbit and Ten Tales of Coyote
|Paperback version also available|
|Paperback version out by the end of November 2017|