The proof. The final part of the process

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The full paperback cover of the novel Where's Lizzie?

The full paperback cover.

The last thing to be done in the production of a novel is to check a printed proof of the paperback for errors.

This is my twenty-second novel and I’m starting to get the hang of the process. It’s long and involved but ultimately satisfying to get a copy of the book in your hand. It makes all the effort worth it.

With my enforced stay at home (a long story) I’ve been able to format and upload the final eBook and print versions of Where’s Lizzie?

I use several pieces of software to produce my novels, a programme called Jutoh to format eBooks, another, Atticus for the paperbacks and Canva for cover art.

After a successful upload of both versions, I checked the layout of the eBook using my Kindle app. It all looks good.

I also ordered a proof copy of the paperback. That’s now arrived, so it’s time to take a look.

The upload passed all the online checks and looked OK in the online preview but it’s always better to actually get a copy in your hands for a final scan.

And here it is.

and here are a couple of pictures of the interior.

The things I’m looking for are connected with the overall appearance, and how the book compares to others that it would be placed with on a display in a bookstore.

Such as the general layout and appeal of the cover, as well as the placement of the breaks and headings in the body text.

As it happens, there were a couple of minor adjustments to make, which I spent a morning doing, before re-uploading everything.

Now I have to wait for a copy of this version to be delivered. If it’s OK, the on-sale dates can all be confirmed.

We’re on track for the planned release day, July 1st.

You can pre-order a copy in either format at,

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2 Responses

    • Richard Dee

      Thank you. It’s a new genre for me, high hopes for success.

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