making it perfect

Line Edits for "Chase of a Lifetime"


This week I’m down to doing the line edits for my new indie release, “Chase of a Lifetime.” I didn’t hear back from anyone at QED regarding the procedure of getting an e-book stamp of approval, so I’m literally going line by line through the book this week to make sure there aren’t any editoral mistakes. I recieved the final draft from the copyeditor I hired and I’ve already put it up, with the cover, on Amazon in PDF so I can see how the final book will look as readers will see it.

And I guess I’m doing it the hard way. But it works for me and keeps me organized. I’m going line by line, just as I would do for a publisher with a galley, just as I’ve been doing for the last twenty years with all fiction I’ve had published. I’m keeping track of the changes, and then I’m going back to the word document and making the changes. The only difference is this time I get the final say (smile). So far, I’m halfway through the book and I’ve only come up with about ten small issues. They are things like “haircut” being spelled as “hair cut.” Or I left the “t” off the word “thought” and it looks like “though.” I know as a reader how annoying those things can be to me and I don’t want to see them in my book.

The line editing is probably the most intense part of the indie process for me. I want this book to be up to standard, as if it were published by any publisher with whom I’ve worked before. I’m shooting for a release date next Monday. But until I know for certain that I’ll have the line edits finished and I’ll have a last chance to read through the final draft, that’s still tentative. So the release date may be the following Monday.