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Gah

November 14, 2008  Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: The Craft   2 Comments
  • My crappy typing skills in conjunction with the silly laptop keyboard
  • My general rustiness (writer’s block: 23 years)
  • The fact that I probably would be better off writing in the morning rather than the evening
  • My inherently poor proofreading skills on my own work

I’ve been going through Bunny Trouble making corrections based on the proofreading some of my Beta Readers did. For the first time in a long long time, I am embarrassed. I feel like I want to crawl under a rock.

I’m hiring a proofreader for my next manuscript before it goes out to beta. I’ve already started to look for one. I want to entertain my Beta Readers and get them to tell me what they think about the story, not put them to work.

Now the funny thing is I have proofread a manuscript and marked it up just as much as mine is marked up, and I personally didn’t mind at all. I am not a professional proofreader, but I’ve spent hours and hours doing it at work. With that said, professionalism is very important to me. Causal writing is a dime-a-dozen. I don’t want to be the dime. I want to be the magical, shiny gold coin.

Gah.

2 comments on: Gah

  1. Alex Moore November 14, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    Don’t be so hard on yourself. The fact that your beta readers were engaged enough by your story to care enough to proofread is telling in & of itself. Unless you bribed your beta readers. With pie. Apple-Bacon pie.

    Are you telling us the whole story?

  2. Anthony November 15, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Oh man the Apple-Bacon pie is all gone.

    Sniff.

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