For those of you following along in this series of posts on ‘how to be an author’ (or maybe it should be called ‘All the Annoying Things That Come Between An Author and Writing’), you won’t be surprised to learn I’m now at the stage where I’ve received my book back from the Proofreader. The good news about this stage is it is much quicker than trying to fix all the faults the Copyeditor found. The Proofreader simply corrects your grammar, spelling and punctuation — you know, like the English teacher at High School. The difference is your school essay was 1,000 words and you didn’t even have to look at the corrections, unless you were one of ‘those kids’. A book, however, is 50,000 words or more and you’re supposed to go through it and Accept or Reject every single suggestion the Proofreader made.
The Modest Proposal Institute: War of the Institutes is 54,000 words and full of dodgy punctuation, apparently. What can I say, I’m working on it! The good news is, when I’m done, there’s only the formatting to do and then it’s ready to publish. The cover is being developed, even as I write this. Mid-May is looking good. Meanwhile, don’t forget to visit my Amazon Author Page for all my other books while I treat myself to a nice cup of tea.