It's here - the physical proof of my book is here for FINAL proofreading and editing!
This is a preview of the front cover.
I have thought, several times, that I was doing the final editing, but it is amazing to see how many little errors can creep in, between the original MS Word files and photo files, files that have been formatted for design, re-formatted again for electronic proof, and then for the actual physical proof. There are possibilities for things to go awry in each phase, and this means it's necessary to read and re-read the book; each time I think "This is the last step," it turns out that more is required.
For me, this is difficult, because
a) I wrote it
b) I lived in the story
c) I've read it numerous times and
d) some of it is quite difficult to re-visit,
but this is part of the process, so I am doing it. It takes more time than I'd anticipated.
David has been helpful in lending his eyes and thoughts to reading and commenting upon it.
I will keep you informed as soon as it's available online and in bookstores; it looks as if it will take another couple of weeks. Once I send all of the changes to the publisher, they will send me ANOTHER physical proof to approve or reject, and when I accept that, it will be available for anyone to order.
Now you know where I am in the process.