I still like it!

This has been a busy couple of weeks. I had already put up my one novel, A Spirit in the Heart, on Amazon as an ebook. Once I saw it up there, and a few people purchased it, I was inspired to continue the project.

I have spent the last couple of weeks designing and editing the paperback version. I don’t mind telling you, I am exhausted. I have proof read that book so many times that I think I can recite the entire manuscript from memory. But something else happened as I read it for about the fifteenth time. I liked it!

To me, that is not only important, but exciting. Any writer who can return to a manuscript, be it an essay, poem, magazine article, short story, novel, et al, and say, “Hey, that’s pretty good,” makes it something special.

So, I completed my proof reading and designed a cover and went through the process to get the paperback version ready. Guess what, I just ordered my third proof copy because it seems that no matter how much time I spend on this, I keep finding errors or simply things that I don’t like.

It’s costing me a few pennies, but that cost is totally justified. I’d gotten the inside pages looking the way I want them, but I wasn’t pleased with the way the cover looked. So, I’ve changed it again and am waiting for one more proof copy to arrive.

I tell you this because I cannot stress how important it is to see the final hard copy in your hands. It’s the only way, so never skimp on this step.

Now, I just hope it all looks the way I want. I know I said I still like the story, but I cannot read it again.

Author: writersconsortium

I've been a freelance writer for 40 years; published several hundred magazine articles in subjects from biotechnology to travel, inspirational to nutsy, and even written a couple of novels. I also taught a number of classes on "marketing your writing" at a local university, with several of my students moving on to successful writing careers a lot quicker than I did, and I was thrilled to have been a part of their journey. I always enjoy passing on to new writers what I have learned over the years, and I hope this blog will continue to do that.. The writing assignments I most enjoyed were for travel industry publications. I wrote for the National Tour Association, The Group Travel Leader and Bank Travel Management, which is now called The Elite Traveler. Now I concentrate on fiction and essays. I published one romance novel, Caribbean Charade, under the pen name of Louise Perry, but I have since republished it as Ell Wheeler. Caribbean Charade and my latest novel, A Spirit in the Heart, are both available in ebook and paperback on Amazon.com.

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