Maryland Women's Basketball plays Tennessee in the Elite 8 tonight, and I can't wait to watch! Go Terps!
When I ordered my proofs of my book to give to my editors (dear friends whom I trust to do an amazing job, and they pull through every time), I noticed one big issue that needed to be fixed. The photograph on the cover, a shot a took myself while traveling last summer, printed CONSIDERABLY darker than I expected it to. I had enhanced the colors in the picture in the hope that they would read better in print, and it looked beautiful on my computer screen. On the printed cover, however, it turned out to be a large black blob of nothingness. The only reason I know what it was is I was the one who took the picture.
These are the moments that I am reminded why it is so important to order printed proofs.
In the publishing process, at least the one I use through CreateSpace (owned by Amazon), I am given to option to look at a digital proof or order a printed one. The digital proof has its uses, like once I've made all of the changes and I simply need to check that all of my chapters start on the right, but when you need to really take a pen and edit the $@+& out of things, you need a printed proof. There is no digital comparison to really seeing what your book will look and feel like in your reader's hand. When I order them for my editors, I always make sure I have one to go through as well.
To my fellow authors, when you feel like your book is "finished" and you really need to polish it, order printed proofs. Order as many as you can (CreateSpace allows five), and give them to people you trust to give you honest, solid feedback. No one will find every single typo, or comment on the same section they find confusing, but between several they will hopefully find as many as possible. I hesitate to say they will find them all, because frankly, that's just crazy talk. Hoping for perfection is a really great way to be let down. Don't do it to yourself.
So I will reiterate my promise from last week. The book is coming soon, However, once I get all of the formatting changes done, the cover updated, and everything checked with that digital proof, I will order one more printed proof to check the cover. It will take a few extra days, but it is worth it to make sure that they product I put out for you all something I can be proud of and you will love.
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