My First Proof Copy
My proof copy arrived! I ordered it from KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) on January 11 and it arrived yesterday, on January 22. I guess that's not horrible for it to be printed in the US and shipped to Canada.
Holding my book in my hands for the first time was really exciting, which is why I ordered it in the first place. I had reached a point where I had lost the zeal for my story. Part of me was worried that I would be wrong and holding the story in true book form wouldn't spark anything. But it did. I was excited all day and showed it off to my friends.
Now onto the actual book. It's heavier and bigger than I thought it would be. It didn't quite fit in my purse (which I know is a weird judge of size). The fact that there are no page numbers does bother me a bit, but I know it wasn't worth the headache to get them. (See blog post two prior to this one for that story.) The very first chapter header, the word "chapter" is in capitals, but the word "one" is in lower case. Oops! Some of the full justification messed up a little bit. But these are all things I'll know for next time.
I'm not sure if I'll order another proof copy once I'm done this round of edits. The shipping wasn't that cheap. This copy was mainly for me to see that my dream of self-publishing can come true. I do plan to use this copy to do some edits since they say doing that on a different medium helps catch more things. One thing about that though: since it took so long to arrive, I've done some revisions since I uploaded it to be printed. I'll figure something out.