I am in the middle of proofreading and it is going very well. I am very confident in the design and the formatting. The text itself turned out really nicely as well. Of course there are a few small changes to make, but they are mostly small formatting errors and tweaking of the text here and there than typos. In fact, I am finding relatively few typos, which is really good news.
The formatting marks aren't too noticeable but I want it to look as professional as possible---even though I am only a one-person operation. Those tweaks are mostly what I'm changing. The typos I am finding are annoying but they aren't significant. Basically, I feel like I am in good shape, even though I am also now balancing it with school.
Nearing the completion of this nine year project has made me nostalgic about it. It is interesting how far I have come in the nine years since then---how I have slowly grown through my latter twenties and am getting ready to bloom in my early thirties.
I have spent a lot of time working on this project and now is my time to make it through the final push and start getting it out to people. It might take years, but in a few days I will have self-published two books, Out in the Garage and Tales from the Fringes.
While certainly it is not the same thing as getting published by some large corporation, I am hoping I can work those differences to my advantage instead of letting them be a disadvantage. Of course I never really tried very hard to go it the traditional route, either.
It doesn't matter now. I am happy with the route I have taken, and if it doesn't go as I plan, I can always try something different the next time around. Either way, I have to get back to work---if I am going to make it to the next step.