The Proof is in the Hand

 Proof pic

I uploaded my  manuscript into Createspace and waited for the file to be checked. Approval came through and I was invited to peruse the finished book on-line. It looked like a book, but for me, I needed to touch and feel it.  So I ordered three proof copies; one for me and two, for others to proof read.

A few days later, the door bell rang and there was the courier holding a small box in his hand. I took it and walked around the house with it. I knew what was inside, yet all I could do was stare at the package.

Finally, I peeled off the wrapping and found a real live book –  a manuscript no more. Like a newborn baby, I was tentative about picking it up. I was excited yet nervous. Months of work and obsession sat there waiting for my scrutiny. I made myself a cup of tea glancing into the open box, I guess to make sure the book was real. Then, with my cuppa, I picked it up and sat down to read.

About twenty percent of book sales are eBooks but there really is nothing like holding a paperback in your hands – flicking the pages back and forward, turning it over to read the back, examining the feel of the cover and pages inside.

Unsurprisingly I found myself making changes once again. Was I ever going to stop I wondered?

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7 thoughts on “The Proof is in the Hand

  1. Peter February 24, 2016 / 10:17 am

    You need to stop editing once the book is in print. There is such a thing as an over-edited work. I re-edit short stories after they’ve been published, knowing there are magazines that will take previously published work but are you likely to publish an amended version of your baby?

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  2. Sue February 24, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    Congratulations Sylvia- what a great effort. Looking forward to reading it.

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  3. Gym junkie February 24, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    Amazing and exciting.

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  4. Val McBeath February 26, 2016 / 10:36 am

    Congratulations…hopefully I’ll have the same feeling myself one day

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