Self Publishing—Can I get a Mulligan? The last blog entry concerned self-publishing and formatting a novel. The editing, proofing and formatting of a book is a discipline that requires patience, a great eye, and perhaps a couple of bottles of good wine. I had help from an extremely knowledgeable source. But even with a second, the duel to tame the book beast was frustrating to the point of distraction. Anyone who has put together a book know what I am talking about. But those were just obstacles that were overcome. However...and isn't there always a "however"--readers notified me of some typos. What? Typos? I poured over the proof copy of Keeper of an Ordinary like I was trying to get to work and couldn't find my car keys. That means I looked high and low for misspelled words, missing commas, open end quote marks, incorrect attribution. But alas, in spite of my best efforts, the typos and open quote marks still lived. And oddly, a few "to" and other similar articles were dropped in the copy. What? A friend at work volunteered to read the copy and find the typos. And my friend who worked on the formatting with me, also volunteered. I have been staring at the same computer pages for more than a year, if I could not find it in more than a year, I feared I would never find the typos. And so, with the help of these two great people,Keeper of an Ordinary is, finally, as close to perfect as it can be. This is all well and good...and I know I owe some people some clean copies, but now I need to relaunch. That is why I ask for a Mulligan. (A Mulligan is a term in golf, allowing a "do over" for a bad shot or ball sent to the bottom of the 9th hole pond.) I have loaded the fully edited Keeper of an Ordinary onto Amazon, and presumably, Barnes & Noble will follow suit. It is also updated on kindle. My lesson in all this? Well, I know speaking for myself, after all the year working on the writing I can't be relied on to proof it. I am not going to see a missing end quote. Not if I did not see it half a year before. And while I am very thankful to my friends for stepping up and helping, I should not rely on them either. It's my responsibility and my errors. Maybe the next book should have a final proof by a professional pair of eyes. So there you have it--Keeper of an Ordinary is back on the open market. It's a killer diller thriller chiller--check it out! And alas, I sent out copies that had typos, so I am sure the possibility of a review in those publications is slim and none. But I will soldier on with the marketing, the attempts to get reviews, the readings and craziness to get attention to my novel. Stay tuned for next month's blog on marketing. Thanks and Cheers.
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I will be participating in the Nebraska Writers' Workshop Wednesday meetings. I have some pages to read. On Sept 4 I was at the Nebraska State Fair in the Nebraska Writers Guild exhibit. I had copies of my books and did talk to many people who were readers and interested in writing. And, of course, I talked about the benefits of joining the Guild. Later this month I will be at the Rocky Mountain Writers Conference in Westminster, Colorado. I will read. In early Oct. I will be at the Nebraska Writers Guild Fall Conference in Aurora, NE. And I will be reading. See you there.