Friday, January 25, 2008

A NEW CHALLENGE AHEAD

Last night I received my edits for THE DOCTOR'S DECEPTION from my editor. I'm so excited. The upside, I'm that much closer to publication of my first book. The downside, I have to learn to use Track Changes.

Bummer!

A teckkie I am not. Especially, when it comes to computer software. Give me an IV, urinary catheter, administer blood, perform CPR on a crashing patient--GREAT! I'm your nurse!

Why should such a little thing be so intimidating? I'm sure I'll be proficient when I've published my 100th manuscript!

I should look at the entire thing as a learning experience, right? I do have some simple directions. Any experience or thoughts any of you can offer to make this as painless as possible, I'll gladly take.

Wish me luck!
Kathleen

3 comments:

Sarita Leone said...

If you need help, please feel free to give a holler. I remember the first time I saw track changes I was a little shaken. It gets easier with every manuscript, though. :) Really, feel free to give a shout if I can help you at all.

And have fun with it! This is an exciting experience! :)

Take care,
Sarita

Jane Richardson, writer said...

Hear, hear! I thought I knew how to use track changes until I had to use it for my OWN edits - slightly more intimidating! But you'll soon come to know it as your best editing friend, I promise you. Like most things, it's easy-peasy, once you know how. You'll be fine, and like Sarita said (and she knows what she's doing), just holler. You'll be fine. :)

Jane x

Kathleen Grieve said...

Thanks Sarita and Jane! I stayed up (work nights at the hospital) to get it done this morning. After about the first 30 pages, I got the hang of it. Thank goodness I was mostly comma happy and had to delete commas! LOL. But I'm feeling good. I am no longer a VIRGIN TRACK CHANGES USER! :)