Saturday, April 07, 2007

Too Busy

The reason I didn't write anything last week, and the reason I'm not going to write anything this week, is that I've been too busy going over the proofs for my third novel, The Useless Detective.

Proof-reading can take a lot of time. You have to read the entire book word by word, letter by letter, to make sure you catch all the mistakes. I thought I could save some time by proofing the manuscript before I submitted it, so that's what I did. I read the whole thing very carefully and corrected a lot of typos. So when I got the proofs back from iUniverse, I didn't think I'd find any mistakes. But I did. Lots of them. And they weren't mistakes that were introduced by the publisher -- they were mistakes I made but didn't catch.

So now I'm reading it again, word by word, letter by letter. I'm almost finished and I'm planning on submitting the corrections on Monday, but I have a feeling that after I submit them, if I were to read the book again, I'd find even more mistakes. That's the way it seems to work -- it's almost as if the process of simply reading a manuscript causes new mistakes to be introduced into it.

But that's just one of the reasons I'm not planning on reading it again. I've already read it about a dozen times so far, so it's beginning to feel kind of old. And the way I figure it, I've already read the book more than all the other people who will ever read it, which I estimate to be about five or six.