Self-Publishing Update— round two of proof copies

Monday night I sat in my study in Cincinnati with my marked-up proof copy of Dancing in Heaven talking to Anna, over the phone, who sat in her apartment in Columbus, Ohio in front of her computer. We incorporated the corrections and changes into the InDesign document of Dancing in Heaven. I had 24 pages marked with corrections and this was after extensive reading, re-reading, and revising.

“On the back cover, in the summary paragraph, get rid of the extra space between the words ‘back’ and ‘for,'” I said.

“Yeh.” Anna said. “You had a lot of those in the book. I did a search and replace and got rid of them.”

“Why didn’t I notice that?” I ask. “Thanks. On page 22, fifth paragraph, change ‘My dad was back home with the rest of us’ to ‘My dad was back home with Carol and me,'” I said. I must have missed that change I needed to make when I had to rewrite to remove my two siblings from the memoir.

“On page 38, change ‘Day 5’ to ‘Day 6.'” We already had one Day 5; I didn’t think we needed two. Probably would be better to add the ‘Day 8’ which was missing. How did that happen?

“On page 65 the paragraph has a blank line in the middle,” I said.

“Oh,” Anna replied. “I missed that one.”

“Page 80. Get rid of the orphan quotation mark.”

“Page 118. Put ‘the’ in front of ‘cabinet.'”

So many mistakes, still. With self-publishing no one has my back.

Anna made all the changes I requested. “Okay,” she said. “I’ll upload the revised copy to Createspace.”


“Wait a minute,” she said. “On the back cover, do you see an apostrophe between ‘Annie’ and the ‘s’?”


“Probably should be one there.”


We both laughed. It’s never going to end.

27 thoughts on “Self-Publishing Update— round two of proof copies”

  1. I bet you can proof it a million times and still miss a roque comma or something!!! What a challenge!! I can’t wait till you are done and happy with the finished copy!!! Woo hoo!!! We will all rejoice with you!

  2. This is exactly why having other eyes read our ‘finished’ work is invaluable. A good writers group can do a lot of this for you, Christine. I don’t know what I’d do without mine.
    You’re getting closer. That’s exciting!

    1. I wish I had a good writer’s group. I recently joined two here where we live. Hopefully they will work out long term. I have had the manuscript professionally edited twice by college professors, and read by two good friends. I have been over it a million times forwards and backwards.

      Sometimes you’ve just got to say it’s good enough.

    1. You would know. Yikes. I feel like I’m back in my sophomore year Spanish class in high school where the teacher kept handing back my final report for this change and then another change. I was so frustrated I could scream.

  3. I am loving this journey with you Christine… And its amazing how many times we repeat words isnt it.. I do all the time.. all the time. all the time LOL 🙂
    Great when its all coming together Christine.. x

  4. Oh my! I have a migraine thinking of all the work that has to go into self-publishing! Kudos to you for your determination! … The magic question: where will I be able to purchase a copy? I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to read it! … I really need to get busy and write! I have so many story ideas, both fiction and non, but I am terrible at staying focused long enough to write. Any advice? … When are we going to get together for lunch?! Terry

    1. It’s a little intimidating at times. Right now I feel kind of overwhelmed, because I am close to pushing the button, and I need something on the web if someone goes to my web page (which is listed on the back cover). And I need promotional materials. And I need to format the e-book. Daunting.

      I hope you will be able to buy a soft-cover from Amazon in the next week or two. With any amount of luck, you will also be able to purchase and e-book.

    2. Lunch sounds good, but I’m tied up until the last couple of weeks in October. Let’s do something then. I’m in Dayton every week at least one day.

      My advice about writing is, pick a time of day that is good for you and a place in your home, and then sit down and write there every day for 10 minutes, 30 minutes, however long you have. Commit to it. Even if you’re just writing junk at first. You have to start. And you have to stick.

    1. I know, I know, I know. Believe me, I know. And I have. At this stage I’m trying to refrain from changing the writing (although I did insert a sentence into the first proof copy). I mostly am looking at the final product: spacing, etc.

      I think I’m done.

      But I know there will be mistakes.

  5. you are doing so well. 🙂 Yay!

    Do not worry…you are being as precise as you can. Even books that are published by large publishing houses have errors. I find them all the time:)

    And yes, at some point you have to say. ‘Enough’.

    What a great journey:) some virtual hugs !

  6. Having gone through the proofing process (for someone else), I know how grueling it can be. Good to hear you’re doing it with laughter. That helps immensely.

    I just got my copy of the book I proofed and I feel like a small part of it is mine. Or a small part of me is in it. 🙂

      1. I did get paid, but it was also a personal favor. It’s not something I normally do. The book is a medical text book. Lots of scientific and medical jargon. I learned a lot of new words that I’ll probably never use again. lol! Pretty dry reading except for the parts that I’m interested in. Since the editors took care of grammar and spelling, I was supposed to just compare the text from the original copy and the proofs. However, one of the editors went hog wild, took out huge sections of text, rearranged sentences so the meaning was changed, took whole sections out of context and plopped them down in places that made no sense, and all sorts of fun things like that, *without* consulting the author before she did it. What a mess.

        But it’s finished, in print, and being sold and marketed now. That part is exciting. 😀

  7. I agree with everyone’s comments above on how exciting this is for you to be this close to done. I had another thought though when I read your posts – how wonderful that Anna is giving up her free time to help you with your dream.

    She is a wonderful daughter to be so patient and caring about something so important to you. What a wonderful bond this must be strengthening between the two of you.


    1. Anna is wonderful. She’s made everything look oh so much nicer than I ever could have done.

      (I’d be lying, however, if I said it has all been a bed of roses. We’ve had our moments.)


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