First Pass Page Proofs, Day 1: I’m now entering the very last stages of production before the sequel to Adaptation will be published! This is a photo of the first pass page proofs for the sequel. I love this page. :)
The first pass page proofs are the first time the text of the novel has been set into print book format, so this is the first time I get to see my manuscript looking like the pages of a book. It’s always, always a thrill! The sequel to Adaptation clocks in at 472 typeset pages, which will make it sort of a hefty hardcover. For the next few days, I’ll be reading the page proofs out loud because by this time in the process, I’ve read the book so many times that I get totally bored unless I force myself to read it out loud. While I read it, I’m checking for typos, repeated words, clunky sentences that could be fixed, and last but not least, any remaining plot holes. I make corrections directly onto my copy of the paper proofs in pencil, and then when I’m finished, I’ll hand-copy all those corrections onto the copy of the paper proofs that I will send back to my publisher.
Page proofs can be kind of annoying because, as I said, I’ve read the book so many times by this stage I’m tired of it. And sometimes I can’t tell if the book is any good at all. But then sometimes I get to scenes that I totally love, and all I can do is hope that the scenes that bored me won’t bore real readers! I’m also discovering that I absolutely love reading the dialogue out loud, especially if it involves Julian. He is so dramatic! And yes, I totally act out the lines. I mean, how else would you tell if they sound right? ;)