i'm not sure why i'm doing this. perhaps one of you can explain this insanity. isn't it enough that i'm going to be formatting Blackheart for publishing in the near future? (or perhaps the distant future at this rate?) isn't there enough on my plate with doctor's appointments and getting my house decluttered for a sale sometime next year?
sometime in the last few weeks, i decided to reformat Eldala. i'm still not sure why. maybe it was because i found a blog that reviews self-published novels and one of the first things the reviewer says is that if she finds x number of mistakes in the first few pages, she won't finish the book. do i think i'm ever going to submit Eldala for review? i've considered the notion a few times and always decline. i'm a big chicken. it's one more reason i didn't want to submit the novel to an agent or editor. i don't like rejection. what a big baby.
anyway, now i have this bee in my bonnet to get rid of all the formatting and editing mistakes.
the first error i'm tackling is hyphens. in my quest to "get it right" i came across two sites that discuss hyphens. maybe you can use these as well.
English forums: Rules for Using Hyphens
English Plus Grammer: Rules for dividing words at the end of a line
i've been consulting the second one a lot in the last hour because i didn't know some of these rules when i formatted Eldala the first time. did you know that you're not supposed to divide a proper noun? did you know that "there should be at least two letters plus the hyphen on the first line and three letters on the second"? so a-bout and a-pron and love-ly are all wrong.
for being a grammar snob, i'm surprised i didn't know those rules.
i sure know them now.
the next thing is to go over the whole thing, yellow marker in hand, and find all the spelling mistakes that Word and i and my husband didn't catch before i approved it for sale. and do i even want to start in on all the places where i used "said Kieran" instead of "Kieran said"?
sigh. who wants to go out for ice cream?