Updated: Mar 22, 2019
One of the joys of being an author who publishes independently is the fact that you are in charge of every step. Yes, you can hire a professional proofreader and save some hassle, but where's the fun in that? Don't get me wrong, it's not that I wouldn't trust a qualified proofreader to work on my manuscript, but I would miss out on the personal aspect of it.
Naturally, there were sections of my first draft that I want to revisit and touch up; add a few details here, fix a bad sentence there. Nothing terribly exciting. That said, it has given me a chance to immerse myself in the story from a new perspective and add things that I would want to see as a reader. Besides that, who knows the characters better than the person who created them?
Yes, it has been daunting, despite the fact that my novel isn't particularly long. There's the initial excitement of receiving a physical proof and seeing your work brought to fruition. While awe-inspiring, it becomes short-lived when you realize that the work is just beginning. You read through, find grammatical errors, sections where you edited one part but forgot other areas as well as sections where you just want to delve a little bit deeper.
Everything said, this has been a learning experience and I can safely say that I will be much more prepared the next time around.
As for the book, I hope to have the final edits done by the start of next week, at which point I will update the e-book versions and have a framework for release in place!
Thank you all for your support!