Thursday, August 15, 2019
Proofers make me look good
Early interesting Cars:
And so today:
My latest book, ‘Ace ‘n Me’ is being proofed. This one is written from the point of the teller, who is 11 or 12 years old. Since I know nothing about 1st, 2nd and 3rd persons I have made it tough on proofers. Fortunately it is a short book just a little over a hundred pages.
I know I am repetitive and apologetic about being a high school dropout, but I think I do it to prepare any reader here of this blog that ‘I mean well’, LOL. As a general rule, once my books are published, the proofers have made me look good. I really mean that, and I appreciate their efforts in making me look good. I have used professional paid proofers, but the last few books have been successfully proofed by JoAnn Trull, Evelyn Funderburk and my Sherry. All connected with Sherry’s High School Class.
I am a reader, since around my 58th birthday I have read thousands of books. I read good writers. I have NO ILLUSIONS that I am a ‘competitive quality’ writer. I am extremely happy to sell 100+ of each of my books. I smile when a few sell in Europe and Australia. I price the books with the smallest royalties allowed. Writing is my hobby.
Verbal story tellers do not weave complicated illusive stories with many angles, as a good novelist does. An hour does not permit that. I was a story teller for many years. My audiences were from 1 to 150. Once I was fortunate to tell a story to an audience of a few thousand, but that was unusual. Since losing my hearing I started trying to put stories to print and paper, believe me it is much tougher. The story teller depends on a lot of body language, objects and chalk art to get the point across. I have found that hard to transfer to words on paper.
Anyway, this book is one of the smallest I have written, but took longer, due to serious family situations including the death of sister Shirley.