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poetry and prose about place

Independent publishing – editing

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During the past two months, I have been working on the second in my sci-fi series. Meniscus: South from Sintha tells the continuing adventures of Odymn and the Slain. This is a story of redemption. Odymn wants the Slain to undo his past wrongs, but can he ever return his ‘acquisitions’ to their homes?

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To edit this book, I have used all the methods at my disposal: edits in Word, read-throughs of printed .PDF files, and reviews of the virtual book on CreateSpace. I also follow advice of an editor, Lee Thompson (Lee Thompson Editing +), and pay attention to the comments of my beta-readers.

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This time I tried one more method, a great boost. I ordered ‘proof’ copies of the book and sent a couple of these to beta-readers. And I used the ‘proof’ as my own mark-up version. I ordered a ‘proof’ for the first book as well, but only after all comments were in.

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For South from Sintha I used the proof to record all comments and edits. Having the book in hand to do this step has been so much easier. I have given myself permission to scribble and revise and add details, and I am now ready to download the file to generate another proof.

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This adds a few steps to the CreateSpace process, but I have already seen the rewards.

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Meniscus: South from Sintha will be available in paperback and Kindle by mid-May. I am so eager to hold both finished books in my hands!

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Copyright Jane Tims 2017

Written by jane tims

May 1, 2017 at 7:35 am

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  1. I enjoyed reading about how you went through the proof to make edits. It sounds like a process that worked well.

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    Sheryl

    May 2, 2017 at 12:10 am

    • Hi Sheryl. I’ve often wondered if you are ever planning to put your work into book form … a great cookbook, or a history of Helena ( hope I remember her name correctly). CreateSpace would be a way to do this. Jane

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      jane tims

      May 2, 2017 at 10:45 am

      • Thank you for the kind words. After I finished posting all Helena’s diary entries, I thought a little about trying to write a book – and discovered that it was more difficult then I thought. The blog posts are quite different in format from what is needed for a book. In the end I decided to just focus on the blog because I really like that kind of writing -but maybe some day I’ll loop back and once again work on a book.

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        Sheryl

        May 2, 2017 at 11:40 pm


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