I don’t mean to complain, but…

I’m reading the final proof of my novel looking for typos. It’s like, I have to read this thing again??

By the end of the editing process, I will have reread it more times than I can count. That doesn’t include the zillions of rereadings I did when actually writing it.

Proofing it this “last” time in PDF format, I feel guilty (“I shouldn’t be bored, I should be thrilled! I’m getting published.”) I feel embarrassed (“OMG, this is so trite.”) On occasion I come across a scene I like (“This isn’t half bad!”)

You never hear published writers discuss this part of the publishing process. They always talk about how they get ideas, or characters taking the story in a different direction, or how many rejections they got before they sold it. Sometimes they mention the rewriting required based on some editor or agent’s recommendation.

The tedium of rereading it over and over again to make sure it’s perfect? They fail to mention that, like women who have borne a child don’t mention how painful labor was.

The baby, “Rings of Passage,” will be born into the world on Aug. 22, at the hospital called Lazy Day Publishing. Despite all my moaning, it will have all been worth it.


4 thoughts on “I don’t mean to complain, but…

  1. We’ve talked about this, so you know I feel your pain. There are those – I believe Stephen King’s one – who reread and re-edit countless times. That’s unimaginable to me. After about 20 times I can’t even see the damned words, let alone make any sort of cognizant judgments about which of them are worthy and which aren’t. The method of going away from it for a long time so you can see it with fresh eyes only works if you have unlimited time, which we don’t.

    Just pretend you reviewed it; at this point, are you really going to spot any life-altering error? (Which is to say, even if there is one you’ve missed up to now, how are you going to see it this time?)

    • Terri, yes, it is very hard difficult to focus on it, like when you’re trying to study for a test and you read the same sentence three times because nothing sank in. I’m more or less skimming it for typos, because those do tend to jump out at me.

    • I’ve done it… it took about eight hours out of my Saturday. I’m glad I reread it. I found a handful of typos, etc., but some are bad enough, it made this last proofreading exercise worth it.

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