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When Is A Manuscript FINAL ?

Last month, I’d finally reached the stage in the process of my book where I could say I had a final manuscript.

Last week, I decided I needed a final read-through, just in case. I’ve read through thirteen chapters so far and have about as many places where I’ll be making small adjustments in words and phrases

I actually had another reason for the read-through. I’ve mentioned before my involvement in the virtual word, Second Life. << That link was stolen from the handy Top Tags Cloud in the right side-bar of this blog. Great way to find topics of interest :-)

I’d been reading a chapter each week to folks from all over the world but there weren’t an infinite number of chapters–I needed a new format for the Thursday event and that format had been decided way back when the book was in its infant-outline form.

Beginning next week, I’ll be leading discussions about various issues that are dealt with in the book and the final read-through was to compile an index, by chapter occurrence, of the main issues the book deals with. I’m pretty sure I’ll really have a Real Final manuscript by the time those discussions start :-)

When I created the book’s web site, I made sure there was a forum built-in for discussing the characters and ideas of the book as well as soliciting story ideas for the book’s sequel. I haven’t yet done much publicizing of the forum but as the book’s launch date approaches (May 16th) the forum and the discussions in Second Life will be getting more attention and they’ll also be interacting with each other.

So, there are some very practical reasons this last read-through must really be the last, why the book must reach its final form, even though, down the road, I might wish I’d made a few more changes

Steven King is reported to have said that he doesn’t look at published copies of his books because he doesn’t want to deal with the wishing-I-could-have-changed-that syndrome.

Of course, since I’m self-publishing Notes from An Alien, I could send an altered manuscript to FastPencil and create a new edition.

Actually, I pray I never feel like I want to do that :-)

I’d love to hear any other writers’ comments about reaching the Final Manuscript………

I’d also like to see any comments or questions about the final revision process in a book’s life :-)
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