Whew! Anyone want to take a breath with me? Breathe in, Breathe out. Breathe in, Breathe out. Ahhhh feels good, doesn’t it?
So, yes, the arcs are done. What did I find?
There were a few odd editing errors. I mean… really odd editing errors. For instance, a sentence ended a paragraph in the original version. All of the rest of that paragraph was deleted, but that particular sentence remained, but was added to a different paragraph where it made no sense. Yeah, weird… I know.
What I also came across were places where a string of speech was removed for one reason or another, leaving what was left behind “hollow”… meaning someone answered a question that was never asked, or things like that. Yes, weird again.
I also found a sentence where a word was missing, but it was in the original text. Isn’t that odd? I guess I took for granted that the file would be cut and pasted. Apparently not.
What I marked mostly was something that I DON’T think they will fix, even though I asked for it. The reason is that I just saw the same thing in a published novel from this publisher.
It’s silly, and very anal I will admit… but on my Kindle, if a sentence falls off with a “…” at the end… if placed correctly, the “…” will be treated as its own word and end up all by itself on a line. I asked that ending “…” ellipses be attached to the final word in each case where they appear.
Like I said… I can ask, right? I hope they do it, because I think it will look better.
The hard part of this whole project was transferring all my notes from my Kindle onto an Excel spreadsheet so they could review it in the format that they requested. I suppose it would have been easier if I edited on my computer in PDF format, then I could have just created the spreadsheet at the same time.
Yes, in retrospect it would have been easier, but if I come across this again, I will probably do it the same way. The reason is that I enjoyed the experience of reading it on the Kindle, as my readers will see it. It just looked “different.”
(And it’s cool having the cover with my name on it appearing in my Kindle Carousel :-) )
Ah… vanity… definitely my favorite sin.
Oh! Impromptu movie game! Anyone know who said that line, and what movie it came from?
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- So what does an editor do, exactly? (heydeadguy.typepad.com)
- Life Happens, and the Novel Continues (vitaro.wordpress.com)
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- Can e-book sellers survive the tablet war? (stuff.co.nz)
- Step, step, step … the novel progresses (lindacassidylewis.com)