There is a favorite line from my novella Dinner Party For Eight in which Angela asks Harry: “What do you think I am?” Harry considered this for a moment. What was she actually? “Well I suppose you are a very beautiful cook.” So if I have to answer the same question what am I actually? I would also need to consider this for a moment. I would like to say I’m an ex astronaut, have more degrees than a thermometer, have competed in the Tour de France without any EPO, surfed Teahupoo in Tahiti and emerged unscathed, sailed round the world, am an ace Alpine skier, am a member of Mensa, have a beauty queen wife and gorgeous kids, and started my own corporation which has listed on NASDAQ. I could go on but like Arnold Schwarzenegger I don’t want to boast. Well to be honest, I have gone some of the way towards all those things. I do have a letter from Wernher von Braun, I do have three degrees in Physics, I have flown in a jet plane (Emirates Air), I do cycle the mega steep hills here where I live but unfortunately can’t get EPO anywhere, I am a keen surfer who has almost managed to break his neck, I am an ocean going skipper and I did own my own yacht though if it was me I wouldn’t sail with me as captain, I do ski but you need to get out of the way, I do have a beautiful wife (though her agreeing to marry me has to be my biggest piece of luck ever) and two great kids, I do have my own software business but no stock exchanges alas and I would like to take the Mensa test but I’m pretty sure I would fail and then I wouldn’t be able to live with that so I would rather rationalize. I live in that sapphire city – Cape Town.
The # 1 Killer Proofreading Secretby Paul Stevens
So far I have written about 35 Titles. It’s taken about 12 months. I’ve lost count of how many revisions I’ve made to these books or articles in that time. A lot. And the reason is, each time I reread them I find more errors. Now if you are serious about taking advantage of the amazing self publishing platforms out there you do need to publish
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So far I have written about 35 Titles. It’s taken about 12 months. I’ve lost count of how many revisions I’ve made to these books or articles in that time. A lot. And the reason is, each time I reread them I find more errors. Now if you are serious about taking advantage of the amazing self publishing platforms out there you do need to publish clean error free copy. Any book on e-book publishing will stress this. Else it will create a bad impression, one of amateurism and will probably result in reduced interest in your other Titles. But the one thing I have learnt over and over again is that proofreading is actually quite a difficult task. Difficult in that it is actually very difficult to pick up all the errors in your copy. How many times have you read it, sworn it was clean with no errors, only to reread it a few months later and you find another whole batch? I know I have. I’ve been tempted to use professional proofreaders but I have been determined to bootstrap myself up the publishing ladder all on my own efforts. No proofreaders, no cover designers, no editors, no nothing, just me. So when I stumbled on this amazingly effective technique you might say that firstly I am in a position to appreciate its value, and secondly to put a price on it. I would have been prepared to pay a tidy sum for this secret which I could then use effectively for my entire career as a writer. There is going to be many many a time you are going to thank me for this, trust me!
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