Some reviewers pointed out several–ok, I confess that it was more than several–minor (but still annoying) mistakes they came across in Taboo Tech, so I collected them and asked my editor and publisher if it was too late to correct them since Taboo Tech had already been published, and I was allowed to do it, and so all the versions (epub, etc.) are updated, and I’m glad that I mentioned my editor’s patience on my Acknowledgments page!
I’m almost finished with my edits. I came across some mistakes in spelling–not just typos. (I was careless.) I had a big dictionary on my desk slide-out shelf when working on my ms last night, and I even googled a few words. Interesting about stepsisters and step siblings. And I made other changes for various reasons. Btw, because I’ve been working on Taboo Tech for so long, the characters are roaming through my mind. Really. It’s a good thing I like them!
I’ve edited a lot of stories over the years, and I know you can keep doing it forever, and even then you’ll read the finished book and shriek and fall off your chair while clutching your hair and exclaiming–How could I miss that?! I read about one author–Max Brand, possibly–whose wife proofread his books so that the same number of men who rode into the canyon rode out again–assuming they weren’t shot.
I’ve been working on the story; putting characters, ships, and planets lists together. Oh, I forgot Snuggles! (He decided he wanted to be a dog; he chose the name, btw.) And I had to work on my dedication too. No acknowledgments needed for this book. (When working on Strike Three, I had a lot of help from people I knew online [remember the SF forums on AOL?], friends, and even my sister.)
I’m working with the editor on my ms, and the book is going to the artist shortly. I can’t wait to see the cover!