A quick post today. As you may know if you read my FB posts, I finally submitted HA-HA-HA-HA (the fifth book in the Triple Threat Investigation Agency series) to Next Chapter.
Was I proud? Happy? Relieved? As Rey might say, you betcha!
Lo and behold, I went to cut and paste the epilogue of the next (sixth) book into a new Word document and what did I find?! That I’d left 10 pages of research notes and the like at the end. Groannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.
<bleep> I could have sworn I’d deleted those. Where the <bleep, bleep> did those suckers come from!? Great editor/proofer, huh? I couldn’t catch a major faux pas in my own book. I’m not sure whether to laugh hysterically or weep profusely.
I’m slapping myself mentally for having been so dim-witted. Like really?
And that leads me to the message of this post. Proof and edit before you submit something—again and again. It will save in the embarrassment department, unless you’re thick-skinned, of course, and could care less. I, however, do care . . . very much.
Be as professional as you can be, and take pride in that professionalism. Do as I say, not as I do. Groannnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn.