Why? Because each and every time I read this book, I find a comma that should or should not be in a place. I find a straight quote instead of a smart quote. And I worry how many people are going to read the story and only see misplaced punctuation. So I spent hours today scanning the manuscript, hunting for the minutiae. I'd bet $100 without blinking that all of us did not catch them all. In 105,000 words and 34 chapters, I'd bet a week's pay that someone will find something to fix.
After going through all these edits, it also scares me to think I'd do this on my own. No, I'm not about to bash those who self-publish. On the contrary, my hat's off to them for dissecting all the formatting, legal and graphic obstacles that go with that journey. But I've learned that one, two, six, even ten rounds of proofreading and edits may not be enough.
If you decide to write a book, my advice to you is :
- Write it without rushing.
- Rewrite it a half dozen times. It gets better each time, I promise. Nobody over-edits, trust me.
- Let it chill for weeks, months even.
- Edit it yourself several times.
- Give it to others to edit, not read, edit.
- Hire someone to edit, someone not connected to you.
- Hire someone else, and do it again.