Friday, December 17, 2010

The Proof is in the Galleys

Finished proofing the galleys for KILLER ROUTINE. Whew!

Here are a few observations:

There were many occasions when I’d come across a sentence (or even a paragraph) that I didn’t recognize. As in, “Who wrote this? I didn’t write this, did I? You kidding, I wrote this?” You’d think after spending so much time writing and revising it, I’d have memorized the entire manuscript.

There weren’t too many instances where I wanted to change something (really change, not just fix a word). I guess that’s good.

Most of the “fixes” were of the stylistic consistency type. You know, spelling out numbers, capitalization of certain things, spelling of slang—stuff like that.

I didn’t find any things—situations, events, timing—that would present problems for the sequel, which is mostly written. Those things I did find should be easily fixed (in the sequel).

It’s better than I remembered. Which is nice.

My copy editor is terrific.


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3 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Alan - I'm happy that the galley-proofing went so well! I am really looking forward to reading it.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Congrats on the proofing! I know you're getting excited that the book's another step to being on the shelves. :)

Patricia Stoltey said...

That's excellent, Alan. By that time in the process, I usually think the novel stinks and I hate it...at least until I hold the published version in my hands.