Welcome to episode 21 of Publish Your Purpose: An Author’s Journey.
In this episode we cover –
- PDF – Read it, read it again, Now read it again.
- Celebrate the win – “Pause to reflect”. You did it!
- Going in again to re-read “air plane” mode
- Lock it down – no more time for bright ideas
- Verb choice
- The Proof Book arrives – special day
- Read it again, line by line report
- Authors Academy is roadmap and guide
- Ownership and Responsibility – Don’t be the weakest link
- Advance reader teams – proofing and errors
The Publish Your Purpose Podcast: An Author’s Journey features the unique relationship between an author and their publisher. This podcast follows author, Mark David Gibson, through the publishing process of his memoir “Served in Silence.” Alongside him you’ll hear from Publish Your Purpose Press Founder and CEO, Jenn T. Grace, as she navigates Mark through this journey. This authentic, empathetic, and at times comedic duo will take you on the journey from having an idea in your head to holding a book in your hands. You’ll go through all of the emotional ups and downs with Mark as this podcast covers his experience in real time. You’ll learn how to be better prepared when you set out to write your story. Whether you are writing a memoir or any non-fiction where a piece of your story is shared, you’ll be better equipped for success after having listened to this show.
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Jenn: Today we are going to chat about the proofing process. I feel like I have a lot of conversations with authors. I say “Listen, you’re going to get really either annoyed or frustrated or tired of reading your work over and over and over again.” I’d love to hear from you (and we can talk about what the process is and what your experience has been in that proofing process) because I think that until you get to the layout stage, where it comes back to you, the author, in a pdf with what the book will actually look like when it is printed, before then you are working in a word document. It is back and forth and back and forth, and just back and forth at least ten more times. You think everything’s been caught, but it hasn’t. That’s just the nature of the process. Which is why there is another proofing process when you get it back from layout when it’s in the proofing form. I want to hear from you just on that piece and then we’ll kind of move through the amount of times you’ve had to re-read your own work.
Mark: Yup. I go back to the Author’s Academy. This was really laying the groundwork. It was laying the foundation. You do a really good job in the AUTHOR’S ACADEMY about managing expectations. Some of it, as with life, I glossed over. And some of it I was like “well, that’s helpful information. I’ll go back and look at it later.” That’s what I’ve been able to do. I’ve been able to now go back, when we’re actually at that phase throughout the publication process, I would go back and review it. Now it’s real time advice. Not only was it good advice that I heard, not only was it ‘hey this is some expectation’, but it then became real time advice.
Working with you as the publisher, you do a great job of managing expectations too. You’re like “Okay, Get your vitamin D, get your vitamin C, get whatever you have to get. I need ya. Load up on the bananas. The proofing process is not fun or sexy. It is what it is and you gotta get it done. All of us can relate to the fact that proofing your own stuff is very difficult. All the way back to 8th grade English. You read it 10 times and you still missed something. It holds true today as well. You try your best to get it done. I think that through the AUTHOR’S ACADEMY and the tidbits and the strategy that is outlaid there to help you through the process is very important and influential.
It gets clunky folks. It is now approaching 250 pages. Hang in there. Now is not the time you can hang your over-achiever jacket on the wall for a minute. It’s not going to be perfect the very first go. It’s going to be okay that if you trust in the system and the system that is laid out in the AUTHOR’S ACADEMY or through the publishing process, you’re going to be okay. I’m proof. I’m okay. I’m very pleased with the product. The process in and of itself is pretty grueling but finally necessary.
Jenn: It’s funny that you say that. I just had a friend in town over the last few days, who happens to be one of our published authors, Dina Prodo, and her book is Identity Impact. It launched in late October, early November. I had her, on a whim, join the AUTHOR’S
ACADEMY on Tuesday. I was kinda like “You’re here. You went through the AUTHOR’S ACADEMY. You published your book. There are people here that could really hear your perspective and what you have to say about this. If was funny because she went straight into the fire of the editing process and the proofing process. It was like “this is not for the faint of heart; this is not for the weary.”
Mark: Did they all go running and screaming away?
Jenn: At first I was like “Hey Dina. You’re really cramping our style here because you’re scaring them. But I actually think it was a really productive and good conversation. I think it’s good for people to hear firsthand through someone who’s been through it recently. You’re in it in real time and I think that seeing what that looks like, because it’s a pain in the ass. There’s really no way around it. From a process standpoint it goes through developmental edit, it goes through line editing, both of which we’ve talked about. It goes through proof reader and we have a couple of proofreaders on our team. And there’s a difference between someone who thinks they’re a proofreader and someone who is a professional proofreader. Because they go in and they mark up all sorts of stuff to point out inconsistencies, discrepancies, wrong usage of something, wrong implications of something.
Mark: Verbs and…
Jenn: All kinds of stuff. That happens still while it’s in that word document. So you know that everything has been track changed properly. Excepted, rejected. Sometimes it can happen where it doesn’t go as planned. Again that is the nature of the process. Yours fortunately we did not have that happen. But then it comes back to you in the PDF and you now have to read it AGAIN. But now you’re reading it in a PDF instead of reading it in a word document. I know you have a show and tell item on your desk, if you don’t mind. I think what you do and a couple of our other authors have done as well is you had it printed out, had it bound, and you were able to really look at it, piece by piece. How do you think that process went for you to be skipping out to FedEx/Kinko’s yet again? How did that go?
Mark: You and I have talked about this before; about celebrating. And taking the time to reward yourself. That is a milestone. That, to me, I like a party, so anything I can to put a theme on it and have a party and that was just a moment to pause, congratulate yourself, you’re doing a good job. It’s a lonely space out here. Especially when you’re writing a memoir. You’ve got to take these moments when you can. We just… I hope everybody gets to go on a cruise when they have their PDF. It just worked in timing that we had ours before we took our family on a cruise. Mr. Wonderful got to read it in real time on the cruise. That’s the first advice I give you: Take that as a moment to pause and really celebrate the accomplishment.
Then, get ready, roll up those sleeves. Because you’re going in. You’re going Airplane Mode. A couple of key things that I wanted to get across: this is the time, it’s pretty much
lock-down. The bright idea train has left the station. You have now got to focus on what is encompassed in the front and the back of the binder. And it’s going to be very hard. I know it. Because I’ve done it.
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