Thursday, June 18, 2009
This is it!
Got another fun goldenrod envelope from the man in the big brown truck today - the typeset copy of Dirty Little Secrets. This is what the book will look like when it's all printed up. It's also the last chance I have to change anything...except I'm not supposed to. I can change blatant mistakes and typos but that's about it. No going back and trying to make that paragraph a little prettier and no changing that sentence to show that you meant that the boxes were folded at that point so the action makes more sense. Nope. Typos and horrible errors only. It's a little bit horrifying reading it over, knowing that the next step is to set everything practically in stone where it will live on in infamy, warts and all.
I've read that many authors never read their book once it's been printed for fear of spotting typos and mistakes. I've also read that other authors change things around even as they're giving readings on book tours to make the sentences flow better. I thoroughly believe them both.
Here's a bit of trivia - when all is said and done, the book will be 212 pages long. Whee!
On this date: In 1942, Paul McCartney was born.