Yep. Those are the page proofs. I got a set of galleys in the mail today, too. It looks like a book, it feels like a book, but it's FULL OF EGREGIOUS ERRORS!! Yay.
So I've been highlighting every proper noun and concept so I can construct an index. A friend generously offered to proof the proof (Apparently one verbs the noun. Who knew?), an offer I gratefully accepted. Instantly.
After this I get to mail it off again. Each time I tell myself, "There'll be a sense of relief!" But no. Instead, I send off the draft, the revision, the copy edited version and (soon) the proofs with a powerful sense that:
- I'm an idiot
- It's terrible
- NO one will read it
- Those who do read it will immediately appreciate how stupid I am and how bad it is
- Mockery will follow. Probably on an international scale.
- Except it's not good enough to provoke that much mockery.
Wah! Anyway. Plugging away...