My book from Blurb arrived!
It’s lovely. The paper is gorgeous and the printing is gorgeous and it’s exactly the way I laid it all out.
However, I have learned a very valuable lesson about book publishing, and that is that you should PROOFREAD. Twice. No, three times. Make that four.
I spent a lot of time checking and re-checking the layout, but I didn’t spend hardly any time reading the text. DUMB. There are at least, I would guesstimate, 30 typos in the book. GAH. Some of them are minor mispellings, but in two cases, a blog post title is missing; in several cases, Sir Monkeypants’ name is missing from the middle of sentence because when I ported my old posts over from LiveJournal, the custom code I used to use to link to his username didn’t show up in WordPress. In other cases I missed some font formatting.
On the plus side, I do find it a lot easier to edit the book on paper than on the computer. After it arrived and I started finding typos, I went back to fix up my Blurb file and found several problems, but I can find even more, and faster, just by flipping through the paper copy.
So you can think of it as a very expensive rough draft, I guess.
I’m not going to rush out to reprint because it’s not a trifling expense, but I think I will reprint it someday. After I’ve proofread it at least 10 more times. GAH.
The books are still awesome, though. I love seeing them, and the best part is how much the kids are loving them – Gal Smiley in particular loves reading the old stories about herself and her siblings.
Kind of wish I’d used fewer swear words now, though. DOH.