I’ve gotten far enough long with both my Hope poem book and Dove (Tod Leben’s 100+k novel) that I’m in proof stage.

It’s so nice to have a decent format done on a decent draft.

In two weeks – give or take – I’ll have the final decisions on what I what to do further. Do I like the covers? Do I like how I formatted things? Is anything in need of fixing.

Proofing a book is something you should do 99% of the time. It gives you a very clear understanding what the book will look like published.

I rarely proof more than once. I understand how to make books work. I don’t need several proof copies to know my succeed.

I will suggest getting a proof copy for every updated draft until you’re certain you’re ready to hit publish. Don’t be afraid of doing that. You don’t want to hand the world a crappy book. You put blood sweat and tears into the words, don’t lax on the final product.

One thought on “Proofing!”

  1. my proofs will take a week to get to me. That’s a bare minimum break time needed before hitting up a novel again. Drafts need breaks between them. You have to “forget” the work to give it a proper review/edit. Best to have someone else looking it over while you take your break. Give your baby time to rest.


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