I am a perfectionist, and it's very scary for me to accept that I have a book coming out next year, and that book will NOT be perfect. Because nothing is perfect. While I know this, I'm still irrationally convinced a typo or wrong word choice will appear and ruin the book for any potential reader. I remind myself that nearly every book I've read in the past year has had at least one typo, or if not a typo, at least something I would have done differently or a word choice or sentence structure that makes me stumble while reading--and yet I still enjoy those books.
Why am I writing this post now? Well, I've been bugging my publisher with tons of tiny changes to my galleys, and I'm pretty much at the point where I can't make any more changes. But of course I continue to look at my galley (basically a copy of my book formatted for printing), and tonight I noticed the word "a" where it maybe doesn't need to be, and a repeated word that I could have replaced with a synonym. Yes, I am really that obsessive-compulsive! And the worst thing is, I'm sure there are many similar issues I can't see because I've read the book so many times. But what I need to remind myself is...
No book is perfect, and that's okay.
So what about you? Do a few typos in a book bother you? What about sentence structure and word choice issues?
And to leave this post on a more positive note, there's one thing about my book that's undoubtedly perfect...the cover. Just look at that: