The proof copy for Fall Of The Hammer showed up Sunday. I spent most of today reading it slowly and spotting countless little things in it that didn't surface during all of my previous editing passes. To that end, I plan to push the release back by about a week, but for good reason: there's just so much you spot when you edit on paper that your eye simply glides past when you read on a screen. Or is that only something common to those of us who were weaned on dead trees?
It's a good question, isn't it? Still, even the most stalwart of screen-based readers I know have some affection reserved for reading on paper. With a book you have to give it either all of your attention or none; it exists to do nothing but convey the story on its leaves. It's too easy to switch away, even with a Kindle, and since the editing process demands close attention, it works best in whatever format there is where you have no alternative but to give it your undivided focus. Maybe it's paper, maybe it's reading a PDF.
In my case, I'm finding at some point in the cycle, I have to sit down with a paper copy, or things just slip past me. And I'm sure no matter how closely I read, they slip past me; it's just that an order of magnitude fewer of them slip past me when I have a pen in hand and pages between my fingers.
The good news about shoving the release back a little further is how little time there is between uploading changes and having them go live for a previously approved project. On the whole I don't have to wait more than a few hours for Kindle and KDP changes to take effect. I don't think I've ever waited more than a day tops.
Not much further to go now, gang. Honest.