I’ve been working on the page proofs for PALE DEMON this week, and should finish them up today. As much as I hate copy edit, I like page proofs. This is the final time for me to catch typos, (some of which show up because of the copy edit) word choice stuttering (which is where you
choose pick the same word twice in quick succession, such as choice and choose in this paragraph) and errors of fact. (such as there are really five candles in Rachel’s bag, not four as I think I stridently insisted in the copy edit) In copy edit, I’m on the defensive, which is a bad habit, but after spending two to three years on something, it is irritating to have someone who is not invested in the series and really couldn’t care less, come in and poke at my admittedly sorry-assed grammar.
But in page proofs, it’s just me and the page again, and I can relax and catch all the nit-picky stuff that fails me in the copy edit because I’m worried if back seat is two words or one, (it’s one) and is nit-picky hyphenated, though nitpick is not, and you can’t trust your computer’s dictionary, because NY goes by Webster, not whatever Bill Gates is using.
I’m on page 368 right now, aiming for 440 by tonight, and again, I’d like to say that this is my ultimate favorite book in the series. Dude. I can’t wait for this one to come out. It’s a damn. Fine. Adventure.