In my book, RAGING AGAINST AGING, I wrote about the artist Bonnard who was caught touching up his own painting in the Louvre. He was escorted out by security guards, his paints and brushes in hand. I cannot believe that I am still finding mistakes – fewer and less glaring – but mistakes, nonetheless. I had my piece edited by the author Sherry Suib Cohen, by two friends, my brother-in-law, and twice by my daughter. I myself have edited my 140 page book at least 12 times. A close friend, who was a professional book editor her entire life, edited it yet again and made 1,055 comments. I accepted 98% of her suggestions. And yet, I am still finding mistakes. I left out a space after a period. I forgot to add the “s” for a plural. I used the past perfect instead of the simple past.
I don’t remember finding obvious mistakes in any of the books I read as a child. And I read MANY, MANY books. But just two weeks ago, CNN had a headline that read”WEEK Earnings…”
So, exactly when will my book be ready for publication?