“Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.” Winston Churchill.
My memoir, An Immoral Proposal, is being be “flung” to the public on November 2, 2013!
Since I’m self-publishing, it is indeed a tyrant, to quote Mr. Churchill. I am the author, office admin, advertising and marketing person all rolled into one!
It’s been a pleasure working with Artbookbindery, Winnipeg, Canada, who are printed the first edition of my book. They provided me with a cover design person as well as a layout editor. The nice thing about self-publishing is that you’re in control of the project in terms of input into design and layout; and most importantly all rights. It’s the revising and corrections that’s the slave master. That’s the downside of self-publishing. I was reluctant to use a professional proof reader of copy editor as besides not having the budget for such services, I learned that proof readers often use spell/grammar check type software that’s not necessarily accurate or efficient.
So, it was down to my eyeballs mainly. I did have editorial help, but overall, I was still responsible for the revisions and corrections which I did a gazillion times. Minor errors will probably still leap up from the book pages, I’m sure.
Watch this space!