Thursday, August 11, 2005


Finally, my galley copy arrived in the mail.

It looks gorgeous. I'm very happy with the quality. Like a parent talking about his own baby, I must say the book is very handsome. Granted, I would have preferred a matte cover, but I also understand the pros and cons. A matte finish just isn't practical.

But alas! Flipping through a few pages yielded a few more errors. How frustrating. It's like, no matter how hard you look, some things are going to slip through anyway. These are not big niggles: a wrong punctuation here, a typo there; still, they're annoying.

This will be my last chance to catch any errors before it goes to print -- it will be FINAL.

So, I think I'm going to use a new approach. I'm going to pick a random chapter, or start from the last chapter and work my way up. That way, I may be able to trick my mind to not gloss over any glaring problems by being distracted by the story itself. It's kind of like how you read the words backward, starting from the last word of the paragraph -- that way, you have a better chance of catching any spelling errors. Well, we'll see how this technique works this time.

Anyway, I'm very happy that the galleys are out. That means they can now be sent to the reviewers.

I've also decided to enter into the Barnes&Noble's Discovering New Author program. We'll see how that goes.



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