Editing…

When I first decided to go ahead and publish this book, I didn’t realize how tedious and time-consuming the editing process would take.  Aside from initially editing the book myself and having friends/family edit the book, my publisher edited the book via professional editor and made suggestions as well!  Below is their initial edit overview that has guided our revision efforts thus far:

Heaven Edit

Overall, I feel their initial feedback was extremely positive, phrases such as “enlivening,” “action-filled”, and “will grab hold of audiences” gave me the confidence that my book was worthy of being a published work.

After reviewing some of the areas of improvement, however, it was apparent my book was far from ready to be published.  After receiving the editor’s feedback and suggestions, Xulon and I have been working tirelessly to get the book where it needs to be.

Personally, I’ve probably read the entire manuscript AT LEAST 50 times, and to be honest, I’m quite tired of my life at this point! Every time I feel like the book is where it needs to be, however, I read it once more to find areas I feel could be improved.  It’s been a while since I’ve seen a blatant error, except for yesterday when I was doing what will hopefully be my last “editing session,” I found this disastrous error:

Instead of “Liberty Public Schools,” I put “Liberty Pubic Schools!”

This error would’ve been a catastrophe to say the least!  Just one tiny missed letter changes the meaning of a word so much, and I hadn’t even noticed this particular one the 49 times I’d previously read the book!  When you have 65,000 words to edit, catching every little detail can be a challenge, but I’m proud to say with the help of my publisher, editor, and others, I’ve been able to find hopefully ALL the little errors like these and make the book as professional as possible.

If you happen to read through the book at some point, and notice a SMALL error…feel free NOT to tell me!  With all the tedious work I’ve put in, the last thing I want to do is discover an error after the final book is in production and would much rather be ignorant of any small errors than have them haunt me for the rest of my life!  Much appreciated!

-BH

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