In a way the timing is good because as my mailing list subscribers found out yesterday, I got some huge news from Samhain:
Personal Protection will be released in print on March 1, 2010.
Believe me, I was happy dancing yesterday afternoon when my galleys and the release date arrived in my in-box yesterday.
For those of you who aren't writers, a galley is the final look an author gets of her novel, her final chance to make any changes/corrections before it's sent to the printers. They're really pretty because the pages are set up how they'll look in the book. *happy sigh*
I now have to go through each page, word for word, and make sure everything is correct. And I mean everything. From the title, the ISBN and credits, the dedication right through to the end. Any change I need to make has to be copied to another form in its incorrect format and then the correction typed beneath. It's a laborious process, but it's also very exciting.
I printed it off last night -- all 252 pages (not including the title pages, dedication, and follow up pages at the end.) I've heard other authors recommend that you read your galleys backward - that way your brain won't "see what's supposed to be there" instead of what's really on the page. (Have you seen that article where your brain can decipher a word as long as the first and last letters in the word are in the correct place?)
So while I'm reading to make sure every word is correct, here's a little test for you to do. It's called "The eyeballing game" Do you get bothered by pictures that aren't quite straight on the wall? But your significant other can't see it? Or vice versa? Here's a chance to check out how well you can see if something's just a little bit off. You have to go through the exercise three times to get your final score. It's rather interesting - I got better as repeated the exercises, a couple I even got spot on or almost spot on. (Midpoint, bisecting angles, and right angles) And some I was miserable at. (Parallelogram, convergence and triangle center.)
Tomorrow I'll give away a copy of Vivian Arend's Tidal Wave to the brave commenter who leaves their score and what part they did their best or worst on.