Well, that’s the book finished, the editing has been done, and it’s now all in the hands of the lovely Wendy, my proofreader.
It took her only minutes to discover a whole heap of formatting issues that I would never have spotted on my own.
- A mix of manual line breaks and paragraph marks
- A mix of three dots for ellipses and ellipses characters
- A mix of straight and curly quotes
- A mix of spaced hyphens and spaced en dashes
- A mix of double spaces and single spaces after full stops
- Paragraph indents inconsistent
- Chapters starting at different heights on new page
- And more…
You see why I need a Wendy?
Usually when I have finished a book I can’t wait to get it up on Amazon. This time I plan to be more considered. Since it’s a Christmas story, I’ve scheduled publication for Friday, November 28, and will be taking advantage of Amazon’s new pre-order facility for Kindle books by advertising its availability four weeks earlier.
I’ve created a book review request pack and will be emailing online book reviewers and hoping that at least some of them will be kind to me.
These lovely bookmarks are also a first for me. I wasn’t sure if investing in promotional material like this was the way to go, so I asked some Facebook chums. They were more than generous with their advice and tips. The result is these great bookmarks. Watch out, for they could be coming to a library or bookshop near you, soon.
This next bit has nothing to do with the new book, but I have to mention it.
According to a report in the British Medical Journal, scientists have apparently discovered that too much sitting down can lead to premature ageing – and early death.
Hmm…I don’t know many writers who work standing up in front of their computer.
They’ll be telling us next that sherry trifle and sticky buns are bad for us.
And what about that ever present risk of falling over and breaking a leg/hip/arm/or whatever /when you’re standing up?
Sorry, couldn’t resist that.
I’ll need to have a sit down now to think about all this.
And finally …
#Spider Alert – First fall of chestnuts anxiously awaited.
I’m trusting that the person who evolved the theory that spiders hate chestnut oil, and would therefore strenuously avoid any home where it was to be found, was not just having a laugh.
They wouldn’t do that. Would they?
Have a fun weekend everyone.