Mobi’s Blog is Back!
Better late than never, although I must admit at one point I didn’t even think I would make a start on it today – let alone finish it – but more of that later.
Putting the finish touches to editing my book took longer than expected. I wrote in my last blog that I thought I was all finished, but that was before I discovered a wonderful piece of software that gives new meaning to editing by computer.
Not only did this software track down spelling and grammatical errors (while also pointing out where I had switched between English and US spelling), but it also listed punctuation errors, bad writing style, (passive verbs etc), clichés, repeated words, over -long sentences and much more besides.
I spent over two weeks, 10 hours a day, putting my ‘product’ through this software, 3,000 words at a time and then trawling through the generated error reports.
It was a very time-consuming task as the software cannot distinguish between genuine errors/mistakes and text that is okay, but doesn’t follow normal writing conventions for one reason or another.
I would say that between 10-20% of the errors generated – mainly missing punctuation and over-long sentences – required correction. But I had to plough through all of the reports, just to find the real errors.
So it was with some relief that on 15th September, I was able to deliver the final file to my PR company in the UK who will be launching a promotion campaign. The publication of the book is currently targeted for 15th November, so that gives us two months to promote. More on all this in subsequent blogs.
A week in the life of Mobi
It’s been such a tumultuous week that I hardly know where to begin.
Vamco strikes! – The Great Pattaya Floods of 2015
Tropical Storm Vamco created havoc in Thailand mid-week and resulted in severe flooding and storm damage to many parts of the country.
Here on the Eastern Seaboard, Pattaya City was declared a disaster zone after the…
I have devoted This week’s Mobi Pics to a collection of photos taken by the good people of Pattaya and posted in local forums. I think it provides a reasonable impression of the state of affairs at the height of the floods.
The pic of a house interior and the car on the roadside belong to my friend, whose posts are quoted in this week’s Mobi-Babble.