MT McGuire Books

Learning From the Angst…

What have I learned? That to publish a book, you need to do two things above anything else.

THING ONE — Hire a copy editor.
THING TWO — Hire a proof reader.

THING ONE does not necessarily negate the need for THING TWO, however many typos they pick up.

I have read my book 17 times — yes, one seven. Even so, the first conversation I have, when I show it to many adults tends to go like this:

Reader — “Has it been proof read?”
MTM — “Yes (insert number here) times and counting.”
Reader — “Oh right, only, I found a few typos in it.”.
MTM — “Oh dear, can you remember where they are?”
Reader (except in a couple of notable cases, my father in-law, for example) — “No.”

Thank you then, to Francis Poretto, who has bravely volunteered to read it and actually tell me where the typos are! A truly kind soul, as well as a fine writer in his own right, he deserves your support (as well as a round of applause) so if you want to give him a pip why not visit him here or here . Even better, when you get there, if you have the time, do read something and if you can, comment on it! We writers like feedback.

Posted September 24, 2010 and visited 2118 times, 1 so far today

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