Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Day in the Life of This Author

My day always begins between 4:15 and 4:30 because that's when I automatically wake up. I think it's because I had to get up at that time during the years I lived in and was the administrator of a licensed care home (mine) and I've never been able to break the habit.

Though I was gone from two days and got little sleep the night I was away (lumpy bed and people trying to get into our hotel room twice in the night), it was no different yesterday morning.

After showering and dressing, making a cup of Chai latte, I always do my Bible study first. Helps me get a positive start on the day.

I went through the email and answered the important ones. And yes, I admit it, I did take a peek on Facebook. 

My major task for the day was to go through the galley proof for River Spirits, the latest in the Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery.

It's always interesting to see what mistakes and typos are still there.

Now, you should know that this has been gone over twice by the editor assigned to the manuscript by the publishing house, to say nothing of the many times I went over it before sending it off. And of course my critique group has read and seen it before anyone else. They are masters at catching bloopers, typos, and repeated words.

Despite all this, I found lots of errors and things that have to be fixed--including repeated words too close to each other.

Other errors were out of order words, one wrong use of a word, same pronunciation different spelling, and missing words.

I've sent in my discoveries and now it's up to the person who does such things at the publishing house to fix them.

Despite all this, I'm betting once the book comes out there'll be something that all of us missed. Or like I'm fond of saying, that the gremlins put in.

Now it's time for me to take a break. 

I have another blog post to do and a couple of paid jobs to work on. Whether I'll get to them today I'm not sure.

Marilyn

3 comments:

Patricia Gligor said...

There's so much more to being a writer than writing. The proofing, the promoting . . . the list goes on and on. You accomplish so much each day, Marilyn. You're an inspiration to me!

Patricia Stoltey said...

I get those gremlins, too, Marilyn. In my upcoming novel, a name error made it through a bunch of readings and finally was caught by my husband when he read the ARC. I think we got it in in time, but now I keep fretting about what else might be wrong. That's why I hate reading one of my published books.

Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Somedays I get a lot accomplished, others, not so much Patricia Gligor.

Gremlins are so annoying, Patricia Stoltey.