This week’s blog is a little later than usual – apologies for this – but final preparations for Friday’s launch took priority. I received the printed proof copies in the mail on Sunday. These are basically prototypes of the finished product that you can examine to see if they look as you expect them to do. I have never been so happy to get a book with so many things wrong with it.
Many of the items that needed correcting were linked to layout rather than copy – which makes them no less annoying – but slightly less arduous to fix. Nonetheless, I did run the rule over the text one last time, both through the eyes of a proof-reader and by using a powerful automated writing tool. Interestingly, there was surprisingly little overlap between what errors the two approaches picked up – which, to me, shows the danger of relying on only one approach when checking the text. I am sure that there are still some errors that have slipped through the net, but I’m not overly worried. First editions often have small errors in the text – often making them collector’s item later on – and these are often ironed out in later editions and reprints.
And so now, there is nothing more I can do. The deadline for the submission of the ebook passed at midnight Tuesday and now it’s just a case of waiting for March 1st to come around. I’ll put the paperback version up for sale once I’m happy that the layout changes are OK – maybe after ordering a few more proof copies to be sure that everything looks right.
People keep asking me whether I am looking forward to the launch day and if I am going to have a launch party. I think I am looking forward to getting the book out there and getting the feedback. It will be interesting to see if the readers and I agree on what the weaknesses of the book are. I do hope people will like it but it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and that’s perfectly fine. And, no, I don’t have any sales targets. As I keep saying, this is just a hobby that has gotten a little out of hand!
As for a party, well, I’m taking my wife to see Hamilton in London. Does that count?