Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Love Ya Like a Sister: final steps

Novel Manuscript and Proof Copy

I've been saying this for a while, but I believe it now to be the real thing: the novel will be out soon!

The above photo is of the manuscript of Love Ya Like a Sister and the proof from my printer, Lightning Source.

I was hoping that the proof would be perfect, and then I could have finalized and ordered books a week ago. However, I found some small changes (and a couple larger) and so will need to upload another book block and then look over another proof.

Also, I had some last-minute challenges with a couple of the interior photos, so I substituted them for photos that I took--no problems with possible legalities that way!

I believe I will have to accept that going through the proof and finding more changes is a necessary step for me, even if it costs an extra seventy dollars. Reading the book is a different experience than reading on a screen or even reading the hardcopy manuscript. I look at the words more objectively--as if for the first time.

This book, though, I feel that I put together myself. Yes, I certainly had great guidance, but my hands were those that worked the computer. I'm learning!

My routine for this book was to work until I got stuck or had significant questions. Then I invited my expert friend out to lunch, brought my computer, and we talked. I went home and worked away until I needed help again--and then another free lunch for me friend. It was fun, actually.

Unless I experience unexpected glitches, I expect I should have completed copyright procedures, have copies of the novel in hand, and for the novel to be available through Amazon by the end of January at the latest.

I'll keep you posted.

Copyright 2010 by Thomas L. Kepler, all rights reserved


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