Sunday, 11 July 2010

Proofreading and Writing

Hi all,
I thought it was time to give you an update on my book about writing. I am sorry to say that it's a couple of months behind schedule. However, I am hopeful that it will be available towards the end of August. The reason for the delay is because of the proofreading process. Those of you who know about my fishing book, "Fishing: Learn from the Tips & Laugh at the Tales" may be interested to know that the proofreading exercise for that book ended up with me reading through it 15 times.
I like to learn from my mistakes and was optimistic about my writing book. Anyway, after I'd read through it a couple of times and found a few mistakes and errors I became concerned because this was again taking up a huge amount of my time. There's no doubt about it, writing a book is much easier than proofreading one.
Originally I expected my writing book to be on sale in May, but then I had to put it back another month so things definitely weren't going to plan. I reasoned that proofreading was something I'd have to sort out, not just for this book about writing, but for all my other books that would need proofreading in the future.
So there was only one thing for it. I enrolled on a proofreading course with expectations that it would help me get the writing book ready for market. Well it's working so far, but at the same time it did show up some weaknesses in my writing. So I had to rectify a few gremlins that would have previously gone unnoticed.

The upshot of all this is that the proofreading operation is now over and I'm concentrating on the cover and the title.
Titles are easier than proofreading, but can still cause even experienced writers some concern. Over the last 6 months I've been mulling various titles over and over in my head. The problem is that there are so many keywords that need to be included so that it will come up in searches. Writing, is a keyword, as is freelance writer, because these are the topics of the first part of the book. The second part is about basic choices that face any would be self-publisher. I discuss 6 options, which range from getting somebody else to do all the work to one where the author can self-publish their book for less than a tenner.
So my working title is:
"Writing: How to Get Started as a Freelance Writer, Plus your Self-Publishing Options. Including Book Publishing for Less Than a Tenner."

Okay, so it's a bit unwieldy at the moment I suppose. Somehow I've got to condense the words without losing the key message. Still that's what writing is all about. If anybody has a stunning or otherwise suggestion about rewording this title, I'd be pleased to hear from them.

That's it for now I'd better get on with the cover artwork. Here's just a reminder for any of you who might be interested in my fishing book. I've changed the free download sample that can be found on my website, so if you want to take advantage of it pleaseClick Here
By the way I hope you have enjoyed looking at the 2 photos I've included. My next Scotland post will be with you soon.

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