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.