Wednesday, August 03, 2011
Finished the Page Proofs.
I turned them in yesterday.
A book is not finished when you turn in the manuscript. The book is done when you turn in the corrections on the page proofs.
This is why I don't celebrate sending in the ms. But tonight, we went out to dinner at a nice Italian restaurant.
Now, I can let my fingers unclench on the manuscript. I can let it go.
And I can now direct some more energy to this website banner problem.
Page proofs are also called galleys. What you're doing when you go over the page proofs is you look at the actual pages the way they will appear in the book.
It is like finding Waldo. For 300 pages. Under a deadline.
You have one last chance to catch the place where your character walks across the room and opens the window and then three pages later somebody else opens the same window. You have to make sure it's clear who's speaking the next piece of dialog.
You look at it word by word by word.
When you finish this process there is not a great deal of your brain left.