It doesn’t matter how many times you go over the manuscript on the computer, the last round of edits just have to be done on paper.
Having accidentally discovered the Staples Online Print Centre, I was able to upload the files from the comfort of my kitchen table late at night, then pick up colour copies of the cover proofs and a coil bound copy of the text when I went to town for getting groceries and chicken feed. It’s funny the things you notice on a hard copy that you just don’t see on the screen: parts of the image where the resolution wasn’t right, bits of wording that just don’t flow correctly even though they seemed fine a day ago, fonts that don’t match.
So, my trusty mechanical pencil and cylindrical eraser and I are working on the final round of edits. I talked to the printer today, and, God willing and the creek don’t rise, the book should be available right on schedule: on February 14, 2012 … the day that would’ve been Jessica’s seventeenth birthday.
We’re almost there.