Things You Can Do With the Proof Copy of Your Book

I recently received the first printed copy of my book:

The Gay Teen's Guide to Defeating a Siren

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s pretty damn cool!

I was in the middle of my most brutal workout when it arrived. Talk about a pick-me-up! And it felt so good to finally hold tangible proof of years of hard work.

The Gay Teen's Guide to Defeating a Siren

But don’t get too excited yet.

The edition I received is what’s called a “proof” copy. That means it’s not ready for publication. Instead, the proof copy is the version you use to make sure everything looks good. Going from a Word document to the printed page can yield some amazingly wacky results. Anyone who’s formatted their document for publication is nodding their heads right now. So the proof copy is needed to check margins, headers, footers, and remaining grammatical/spelling errors.

Now, that’s not as exciting as holding the final final book. But the proof copy does have its advantages. Because it’s like the red-headed stepchild book, you don’t have to treat it with the same reverence. In fact, I turned the proof over to a copy editor who wrote and scribbled over it. So it’s already tainted.

Because you don’t have to be so respectful of the proof copy, there are things you can do with it that you would never do with the actual published book:

1. Play a Game of Pool.

The Gay Teen's Guide to Defeating a Siren

 

2. Have a “Few” Drinks.

The Gay Teen's Guide to Defeating a Siren

 

3. Joke Around on a Bomb.

(Read the original post for more things you can do on a bomb.)
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4. Invade Each Other’s Space.

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5. Share an Intimate Evening.

The Gay Teen's Guide to Defeating a Siren

About the Author: Cody Wagner

Cody Wagner

Cody is an aspiring author and creator of Wagner Writer. His first novel, A Gay Teen's Guide to Defeating a Siren, was released in 2015. He has a penchant for making weird videos and writing even weirder stories. But not all. Some of his stuff is perfectly normal. He promises.

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