Have been immersed in reading the proof copy of my novel for the last few days. I hate this part. Not reading my novel – it’s not that bad! No, what I hate is proof-reading, editing word by word, line by line, second-guessing myself, looking up each fact, each spelling, each grammatical rule. Writing it the first time is a thrill, and with each new round of editing I lose a little more of that initial thrill.
Anyway, it’s done now. And it wasn’t all bad. It was great to see the book starting to take shape. I like the way the pages are laid out, and I like most of what my editor, Tom, has done to the text. I love the cover design by Gudrun Jobst. It’s all coming together!