After a rather frantic few weeks, I sent my galley corrections back to my publisher last night.
I think this is it, guys. I think my book is ready to go to 'press'.
Given the release date is next Friday, I can't help thinking this is a good thing!
This process has been a whirlwind, to be honest. I've learned a lot. I just wish I'd had a little more time for each step. Even while proofing the galley, I still found sentences I thought were clunky, or phrases that felt wrong. But by that stage, it's just too late to change things like that.
But I guess a book is never truly finished. And as we learn and grow as writers, it's easy to look back on earlier efforts and cringe at them. So I'm not going to dwell on that sentence where I used the word 'cheek' twice, or the questionable use of itallics in another. I have to rest on the fact I've done the best I could under the circumstances, and that the book is ready for readers.
Now that I've done that, I'm going to try and relax and enjoy Christmas before the insanity at work begins on Boxing Day. And the insanity of trying to throw together a book launch with only a week to go....
Have a wonderful holiday, all of you. May Santa bring you everything you're wishing for.