Yesterday my proof copy of the paperback finally arrived. Looked good, and then I opened it. One problem immediately leaped out: no margin at top, and page numbers cut off. Why this is I don’t know, although I assume it is a failure in communication between their artificial intelligence (AI) and my non-artificial intelligence (NI). Back to the drawing board to fix the margins.
Bottom margin looks okay. Right margin comes a little closer to the edge than I’d like, so I’ll adjust that. Gutter needs to be adjusted just a smidgen. I probably would not have worried about those 2 if the top margin had been okay, but since that must be improved I’ll try to improve the whole look.
When I took a look at the revised Kindle edition that included those changes I was pleased to verify that the changes had been made. Then I looked again at the Dedication. O!M!G! It reads: In memor of . . . I know how it happened. With my macular degeneration and the hole in the vision of my right eye I often don’t see the ends of words, something that interferes greatly with both writing and editing.
Now that absolutely must be changed. No brainer. But then I decided if I missed that error maybe I missed others throughout. Yes. I am now in the process of discovering a number of errors missed on that first examining the Kindle copy. This time I’m doing it more slowly, only a chapter or so day. I hope to finish that in less than a week, and then a cousin has volunteered to take a look at the electronic manuscript. I may take him up on that, although I hate to burden others with my work.
I struggled to make this a decent product. I read the manuscript many times and ran it through the Spellchecking process many times before submitting, and then I tried to proof the copy that pops up on the Kindle Publishing site. I deeply regret its present condition. The whole editing and republishing process will take several weeks now, but I do hope to end up with a better product.
This time I will okay the improved eBook but will hold off on hitting the “Publish” button on the paperback until I get the proof copy in hand.