At 2am this morning I completed my last run-through of the edited manuscript, which I received on Friday night, and — all being well in the proofread — it is the last time that the text will change for this first paperback and hardback edition of Janapar that Kickstarter has made possible!
At the beginning of the project, I posted my draft version of the opening chapter, so I thought that now would be a good time to share the edited version of the same chapter.
This is not quite how the text will appear in the finished book. This particular file is formatted for a page-setter to work with, and adheres to current British typographical standards for manuscripts (12pt Times New Roman, double-spaced, en-dashes, single quotes for speech).
You’ll notice that it also contains various typesetting symbols in square brackets, such as [#], which as readers we don’t ever see. Working with a professional team has given me a very interesting insight into the world of book production and its conventions.
Next up — the interior design, and then the proofread; the last chance to catch those pesky typos…
Do let me know what you think of Chapter One!