My book proofs were delivered this morning!
I was so excited.
I was holding a real, live, shiny, paperback copy of my own book that I wrote all by myself.
Then I read it.
I have read it at least three times right through on my computer, and I thought there might be a slim chance I had missed one or two errors.
There were about a hundred. I was so deflated.
About ninety of the errors were missing, or misplaced, commas. I thought I spoke, and wrote, the really, very, excellent, English. I found out I need, to use, more, commas, and, other punctuation; although, maybe, not all, in the same sentence.
Another fifty errors, were poor tense use; things like, “soon, I saw a huge, hairy, wallaby-like rabbit.” (But I got plenty of comma’s in there, didn’t I?)
Then there were awkward or unclear sentences. For example, what was the “it” in the sentence, “I ran 'it' down the back of the pony from a safe distance?” I need to clear that up.
A few were more serious.
On page ten, I wrote that after my manager received a complaint from my internet stalker, “I interviewed me several times.” No I didn’t. Why did I say that?
I also stayed in a house on a “hill will exotic views.” That is just gibberish.
Then there is the paragraph I caught and corrected. The problem was that I left the wrong version in with the new one. Both are still in the book. Aaaargh.
Luckily, there is time to change it before the paperback goes on sale. Unluckily, some people have already bought the e-book version. If you are one of those people, please contact me and I will be very happy to send you the corrected book.
And, ..... thanks everyone for your support. It means a lot that you have purchased my work. I did work hard on it and I continue to do so.
For those of you waiting for the paperback version, my apologies. I should be ready to unleash it on the world in the next two or three weeks. Woohoo.