Don’t forget to proof the cover, and headers/footers

First, let’s find last clichés:

Going Over With a Fine-Tooth Comb— To investigate or search for with great care. Combs have been around since ancient Egypt, and some had finer teeth than others, the term “fine tooth comb” dates from the first half of the 19th century. The transfer of combing out nits to other kinds of searches took place only in the late 19th century.

Worship ground one walks on—to hold in reverent regard. This hyperbole for deep romantic feeling or great admiration has an archaic sound. Christopher Hale used it in Murder in Two (1943).

Time of My Life—An occasion of outstanding enjoyment. A colloquial Americanism term from the late 19th century which gained currency throughout the English-speaking world in the 20th century. William Saroyan used it as the title of his 1939 play, The Time of Your Life.

There’s the Rub—That’s the impediment or there’s the drawback. This might come from the ancient game of bowls, in which rub refers to the unevenness in the ground that hindered or diverted the free movement of the bowl. In late 16th century it was transferred to other kinds of hindrance. However this expression gained widespread movement through Shakespeare’s use of it in Hamlet’s soliloquy in 3:1.

So, how many did you find?

I’m going to stand my ground and say that proofing your book before publishing is very important. I thought I was finished proofing and corrected a few words on the cover as well as items in the interior of the book. Then I did one more read through with CreateSpace review launcher.  What did I find?

Well, I took a closer look at the headers and footers. All even page headers have my name; odd page headers have my title.  Oops! Not a done deal. Then I looked at library books and realized that the first page of each chapter has no header. So back to my manuscript to correct. No sweat, I’ll just delete them. Unfortunately, sometimes I would do that, and all of the headers would disappear! Now what?

I looked into my Words for Dummies book and found out about sections in your manuscript – each chapter is a section. I was able to make sure that all first pages of a chapter were also a first page of a section. Then, all went well.  Until I did that, it did not.

I’ve learned so much by formatting my own novel for CreateSpace, but it has been frustrating at times and has taken a long time. But, I believe well worth it in my accumulation of knowledge. Of course you can avoid all of this by having your designer do the interior of your book.

Until next time,

Keep Writing,


Still Proofing

Well, I’m still reading Vanity Killed Proof!

First, last clichés:

Make or Break you—To bring on ruin or success. This phrase began as make or mar, which dates from 15th century (see John Lydgate, Assembly of Gods). Dickens was among the first to substitute the current rhyming cliché (Barnaby Rudge, 1840).

In the same boat as—Be in similar circumstances or in same position. This expression alludes to risks shared by all those present in a small boat at sea and dates from the time of the ancient Greeks and has been used figuratively for many centuries. Often stated as all in the same boat (See Artemus Ward, the Draft in Baldinsville, 1862).

Get wind of something—Hear a rumor; acquire knowledge. This expression transfers the ability of animals to detect the approach of others from their scent carried by the wind. Originated in 1800, the term appeared in print in B. H. Malkin’s translation of Gil Blas (1809).

Inside track—A position of special advantage. This term comes from racing, referring to the inner or shorter track of a course, on which it is easier to win. Originated in America in mid-19th century. See Oliver Wendell Holmes, Guardian Angel, 1867.

So, how many did you find?

Well, I’ve been going over my proof book of Vanity Killed with a fine-tooth comb. Yes, I’ve found a few mistakes I missed and will be correcting them.

I now worship the ground my book designer walks in. I think it would have been worth it to pay her to do the interior. Maybe there wouldn’t have been so much time and effort involved.

Am I having the time of my life? No, however, I am learning so much and I also believe that maybe my book designer would not have caught some of the corrections I need to make. And, of course, maybe she would have caught a lot more. Therein, lies the rub, but I will keep proofing!

I might even have someone else who is not familiar with the book read my proof before having it published.

Until next time,

Keep Writing,