As you can see, my Disney minifigs are accompanying me on the proofing journey through Lockwood Tower. They’re here for emotional support. Mickey is trying to get a better look since he’s straying from the group.
Even after two drafts – and the second one being extremely more tightened and smoother flowing – I am still finding typos here and there. It is kind of like a game. I’m thankful that I took the time to do this read-through because not only am I catching errors that I don’t want to distract my beta readers, I am also getting a feel for what the book will read like for my audience. It’s as if I’m experiencing most of the book for the first time in true chronological order.
I write most of my scenes out of order, so it is great to see their effect as they build upon each other…or don’t. There are places where some details had to be added or amended to make sense. (Why do my characters love to eat twice in the same point of the book? There’s only one dinner!)
I am 75% of the way through my read-through and will update the last-minute changes shortly. Then it will be down to business and designing a paperback, which I am very excited for.
If you are a writer and considering just throwing your book up onto KDP without a read-through, I highly suggest loading it onto your Kindle or reading device of your choice to give it another pass. Not only did I notice things that I had missed while looking at the blocks of text in Scrivener, but I also got a better feeling of what my overall book will be like to a new reader.