As I mentioned yesterday I've been doing the final edit and the book will go to press on Monday. Yay!
It's always such an interesting process for me. I go over the book a million times and I always think to myself, "it's perfect." After all, I was a professional editor for many years, there can't be many mistakes in there.
Then my critique group goes over it and they always find mistakes, and, of course, I fix them. And then I think, "it's perfect."
But when it goes out to beta readers, they inevitably find mistakes. And I fix them. And then I think, "now it's perfect."
And then my final editorial people read it and even with all the other eyes that have been over it, they still find mistakes. Extra words, a typo, missing quotation marks, and the like. So today, I am fixing all of those and I am thinking to myself, "after today, it will be perfect."
But the sad fact is, it will probably never be perfect. But it will be as close as I can make it. As Mary Poppins would say, "practically perfect in every way." (Love that show.)
Which brings me to the point of this post---always have other people read your work. Multiple people, if possible. It will amaze you what different people will find that needs to be fixed. No matter how great of a writer you are, you can't see the mistakes because your mind will read what you meant to say. Every author needs an editor. At least every author who wants to have a polished product. I am so grateful for the people in my life who so graciously read and edit and critique my work. I wouldn't be where I am without them. Worth their weight in gold!
I am so excited to be at this point in the process. It's hard for me to believe this book is almost done, but I'm glad and sad all at once. Mostly glad. At least for today, being an author is wonderful as I finish up this practically perfect book.