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It takes a lot of paper to make a book

The books arrived this week! How amazing does this look?

So winners of the Goodreads Giveaway and bloggers to whom I’ve promised a paperback, I’ll be mailing your books out soon! :-)

Check this out. So, I’ve mentioned before that I edit/revise on paper, not on computer. I write on computer, but I print out each draft to work on it. This book was polished up in a mere 8 1/2 drafts. (I wanted it perfect, okay?) This is what that looks like:


Another way of looking at it:


That’s a LOT of paper. I don’t remember how many reams I went through. Probably close to ten, maybe eleven. (Yikes! Sorry trees! I recycle everything, I swear. And I buy recycled and earth-friendly products whenever I can.) (And I promise to plant lots of trees for every book I write.)

Sigh. Every book. I like the sound of that.

Have a great day, everyone!



3 thoughts on “It takes a lot of paper to make a book

    1. j meyers Post author

      I know! It’s terrible. There are some people who work totally on computer, but I just can’t read/revise/edit on a computer. I miss too much. And, honestly, I just think better on paper. (I realize that makes absolutely no sense at all.)

      Actually, I think that what happens is that I consider things more carefully, more slowly, more one-word-at-a-time, one-sentence-at-a-time when I’m working on paper, and for some reason I can’t do that on computer. It’s more like I’m skimming when I’m reading it on a screen.

      So I’m destined to work on paper forever. (And I really am going to plant those trees to make up for it!)

      1. margie c {the bumble girl}

        Okay, so I just discovered that I have to do the very same thing, lol! I was working on something and had to print out over 50 pages to really ‘see it’ and get it done – I understand what you mean :)

        I don’t have any place to put a tree to make up for this one project, but I’ll get a ton of plants and such in the spring ;)