I’ve received page proofs and the questions that go with them. There are a lot of questions. The kind I would’ve expected from a copy editor. But these are from the proof reader. I’m beginning to think that this part of the publishing experience has changed.
Obviously the copy editor no longer does the questioning of eyes blue on one page and those same eyes brown on another. Or the timeline. Or clothes that miraculously change from morning to afternoon on the same day.
This is now the bailiwick of the proof reader. When did this change? Or am I forgetting. I have to have these in by 1/5/06. I’ll try to tackle it tomorrow.
I’m very surprised that there are mistakes in the timeline. When I write I try to keep careful track of that and write Sunday or Monday or whatever day it is at the top of the chapter. I haven’t looked into it yet, but from my glance at the questions either I got it very mixed up or didn’t clarify. If the proof reader got it mixed up then I didn’t make it clear, I guess.
I’m glad this is the last thing I’ll have to do on this novel so that I can have a free mind for what comes next.
Right now it feels as though nothing will come next. Yet I know something will.