I always look forward to reading & correcting the page proofs/galleys — the final, typeset version of my books. I haven’t out-grown the thrill yet. To me, that’s when a book truly feels real. And reading it isn’t a chore, except for the time it takes away from my other work. But author Sandra Scoppettone doesn’t feel the same way about her galleys.
Having to read it again is hideous. I don’t feel like reading it.
It’s interrupted my writing schedule. In fact, it feels like torture
having to read it. But this will be the last time. Once a book is
published I never read it again.
It’s usually been such a long time since I finished writing the book that it feels as if what I am reading was written by someone else. I enjoy it. That said, I don’t go back and read my books again, not that it’s any kind of hard-and-fast rule with me. It has just worked out that way. There are a lot more things out there that I’m interested in reading than my own work.
How do you other authors out there feel about reading your galleys?