poetry and prose about place

A muse takes over – final edits

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This week I am working towards final publication of my first sci-fi novel on CreateSpace – Meniscus: Crossing The Churn.

I have incorporated the comments of my editor ( Lee Thompson Editing + ) into my final draft.

I have sent my beta-version to my six beta-readers and will make a few edits based on their comments.


A glimpse of the book in final editing. The blue paper was a gift from my husband who thought he was buying white paper! The yellow tabs are just a few last minute changes. The white frame is my way of seeing how the book will look on the final page size!


At the last minute I decided my font was too small and switched from Garamond 12 to Garamond 14. It took a while to get all those drawings back to the left hand page!

Now, I have printed out a final version to have one last view before I load the cover, text and other information into CreateSpace.

A comment about independent versus traditional publishing:

I realize how patient the publisher was with all the edits for my poetry book within easy reach (Chapel Street Editions, 2017).

I also realize that my publisher made the final call and ‘pushed the button ‘ regarding the final, final, final draft. Left to my own, I realize I am a bit nervous about this last step and find myself procrastinating, just a little.

To that end, I spent all morning, not working on Meniscus:Crossing The Churn, but on the early draft of the fifth book in the series!


Copyright 2017 Jane Tims


Written by jane tims

February 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

5 Responses

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  1. Congratulations, Jane, on getting to the point of saying done and hitting that button. I recommend a hard copy proof for the final review.

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    Rose Burke

    February 20, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    • Hi Rose. Thanks for the advice and I will do that. I find it hard to judge by the screen alone. All those page sizes and margins have me worried! Jane


      jane tims

      February 20, 2017 at 11:41 pm

  2. exciting!

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    Maureen Sudlow

    February 20, 2017 at 2:19 pm

    • Hi Maureen. Have you ever tried independent publishing or only with a publisher? Jane


      jane tims

      February 20, 2017 at 11:42 pm

      • I haven’t published my poetry independently – just my children’s books. I have another poetry book down at Steele Rogers. I meant to give them a ring today and forgot!!

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        Maureen Sudlow

        February 21, 2017 at 1:54 am

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