I’m so happy I got my first book proof yesterday! Words cannot describe how excited I was to not only see it in its book form, but to touch and feel the pages. Oh, my god! I love it so much that I went right to reading it and getting out a pen. Boy, did I really mark up this book proof!! I started yesterday at around 4 p.m. and didn’t stop reading until 12 a.m. If you think I’m crazy, you should read my previous posts where I can pretty much spend hours editing nonstop.
This is how serious editing is to me, for I’d like to get it right the first time and not make any mistakes. I have to say that the book proof came in good condition. If I had to rate how Createspace did, it would be an overall 80%. However, one of the pages 206/207 did fall completely out, which wasn’t good especially since this is a first proof. I would’ve taken it back, but I already marked the book with too many markings. It’s not worth getting my $8.71 refund. I may call them to report it before I order the second proof though.
I’m glad that I read it. It was actually a quick read in many parts. I didn’t see see any major printing typos though. How I rate the book is at the bottom for those of you interested in reading further. I did catch a lot more mistakes reading my book in this format. I found 99-100 mistakes. Now, grant it these are not typos. This is me nitpicking some sentences, which are still important to the overall content contained in this book. I found only one spelling error out of the entire 356 pages. That’s not bad, despite that I may go reading it again today.
My mother told me to not rush it and I totally agree with her at some point, but I want to finish soon for the next two months I will be very busy. It’ll be hectic for me and I don’t want to push the dates of publishing for 3-4 months. The longer the deadline is delayed the more I become quite reluctant to publish it. That’s just how I am. If it becomes a hassle and I find more mistakes in the second proof, then I may not publish this month.
I hate rushing anything, but I’m trying to do the best I can using my time effectively within a short period of time. I hate missing deadlines! I never miss a freaking deadline or a due date! So, let’s just get this out of the way. I’m not the type of person to slack around. Once I get to work, I get down to business. You will not believe the long endless days and nights I have spent editing before I even ordered this proof.
Now, these 100 mistakes are the last apparently. After this, no more. I judge these mistakes based on my own perfectionism at state and my personal preferences. Some sentences didn’t flow well, so I had to fix them. Some words I ended up repeating… AGAIN! Those had to be taken out. I hate repeating myself, especially with certain words. You can read my old post on words I hate the most. Some words I had to add in to make the sentence clearer, despite my hatred for repetition. Technically, they are accurate, but reading these sentences in my mind was horrible. Just gut-retching. If I had to pause and reflect in between a sentence, something is not right here!
There were some consistency problems, but not much. It can be fixed by moving a sentence or two forward. Didn’t catch that at first. A few extra commas needed to be added, including an extra period here and there. I wrote down all the mistakes I have on a list and just kept adding to it.
Surprisingly, the back of the book cover looked great… except I didn’t catch it at first, but my character is not 17 years old. He’s 18! So, I just changed the book cover one last time. It’s funny how I mixed the old files with the new, sometimes that happens. I didn’t realize it fast enough, because my mind is stuck to the original. He was supposed to be 17 in this first novel. That was a quick fix!
I knew the first proof wouldn’t be perfect, but it’s a learning experience. Today, I will be fixing the last 100 mistakes in this proof and have Createspace review it either later tonight or tomorrow. I should be able to get the second proof by next week. This is the last proof. I will check it once again for typos, but if everything’s in order, I’m publishing that very same day.
I want my publishing date for this proof to be on or before March 16, 2012. The inspection for my apartment doesn’t start until the 20th, but I need a few days to clean up everything and what not.
I want the Kindle version of my book to be on the 23rd or the 29th of March. My parents are coming over on April 1st Sunday, for I have to get ready and start moving out of my apartment. I only have one week to do this. MOVING DAY IS APRIL 8TH!
I’ll be going back home in May! 🙂
MY RATINGS ON THE BOOK PROOF: 1 – THE LOWEST AND 10 – THE HIGHEST
Shipping/Handling = 3
(I gave them a three because I think the package could’ve been more secured. The book is loose inside to move around, damaging the sides of the book. Not to mention, it’s in a cardboard strip, which wraps around it… not a box! The delivery guy left so quickly before I could even get the package and I had to make all those phone calls to find out where it was. That was a huge hassle for me… if you haven’t read the previous 2 posts before this one. Createspace didn’t even email me to tell me that my package was even arriving, which they had said they would…very disappointed in how they handled shipping/handling. No tracking number?! REALLY?! 😦 Even though UPS gave me 3 shipping tries, why can’t they put the book in a smaller secured container, for it could actually fit in my mailbox. It is 5.06 x 7.81 people! Not a huge book!
Presentation/Book Cover = 10
Nicely done! I love it! It’s actually at a good quality and I love the spine. The back, the side, and the cover all came out exactly how I wanted. The text is bold and clear. I was afraid the title may have been too dark at times, but that’s only because I was in a dark room. I suggest to everyone to read with sufficient lighting or it can ruin your eyes.
Interior Design (pages, pictures, and so on) = 9
I would’ve given them a 10, except page 206/207 came falling out. I just put it back in and it didn’t fall out again. However, they really need to glue those pages in a little better for I fear this book wouldn’t last a good ten years… Since the book isn’t seriously damage, I cannot send it back to them and get a refund. 😐 The pictures did seem dark, but once again poor lighting is to blame. They are clear enough to see everything and I don’t want them too light anyway for this is a pretty dark story. I didn’t see any major typos or serious copy-editing problems, which is a huge plus. They have very good printers by the way. The text came out clear and bold. Amazing job!
OVERALL TOTAL = 8.7