4 Things I Thought Before Sending My Manuscript for Formatting

Throughout the editing stage of this self-publishing process, I was aware that if something was overlooked, in all likelihood it could be caught in the next read-through by the next set of eyes. But at some point, you come to the last edit and you realize that you have to let go. And letting go is a very hard thing to do…

Here’s a glimpse into my thought process this past week:woman typing

  1. I need to reread this at least five more times. What if there are new spelling errors? What if I accidentally hit the enter key instead of the spacebar? What if I thought I saved my changes but really I just inserted a bunch of random S’s into my book? What if? What if? What if?
  2. Is the beginning good enough? Will it grab your attention? Will it get you to stick with me all the way through to the end? What if you download the book and stop reading after three paragraphs and miss everything else you could have liked?!
  3. Is the ending good enough? I know you can’t please everyone, but I want to at least please some of you!!
  4. This is my one shot, my first impression (okay, if you count the blog, Facebook page, the Twitter page, it’s more like the fourth impression…)… What if I’ve forgotten the most important thing? What is the most important thing, you ask? I don’t know! That’s why I forgot it!!

Well, I did finally let it go. The final MS is off to be formatted. I’m good with it. At least, I think I’m good with it. Okay, I’m trying to be good with it…


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