Now don’t panic!
At first glance, I felt as if I was back at school, receiving an essay covered in red pen corrections.
But this looks a lot worse than it really is.
Our editor Sarah has gone through all the text with a fine tooth comb, looking for the usual errors and typos, but she’s also changed a lot of the formatting.
It’s always a bit mortifying to see all the times I typed ‘icecream’ when it should be ‘ice cream’ or ‘stirfry’ when it should be ‘stir fry.’ But most of the changes are to the formatting. Whew.
NB everybody needs to have their book properly edited. It’s impossible for most writers to see all their own mistakes.
Sarah did have some questions, and she suggested moving a few things around. But basically I was happy with almost everything and just had to go through the document clicking ‘accept change.’
Quite painless really.
Next stage is the book design. This is a small book, with just 12,000 words and it must fit into 96 small pages.
Fingers crossed. Thought I can add more words or take some out in a hurry if necessary.
In the meantime, I ate several oysters last night, because, having researched and written this little book, I know exactly how good they are for you.
Do you still dread the sight of red pen marks?