The Proof Is In The Galley

When I was a teenager I was a fan of a character on a TV show (okay, a soap opera) who was a writer. I clearly remember one episode where she talked about working on galley proofs for the book she was writing.

Galley proofs are what a writer uses to review and proof the material for a book before the final print run. Now this was back in the 1970s and at that time galleys were printed on paper as a single column of type with wide margins for marking corrections.?I remember the character walking around with a large bundle of legal-sized papers that represented her galleys.

Today galley proofs (also sometimes known as page proofs, printer’s proofs, and uncorrected proofs) can look different.

A couple of weeks ago I received an electronic proof of the interior of Two Hearts. It is in PDF format and easily loaded onto my iPad where I’ve been using iAnnotate to go through it and mark changes. It’s been exciting to have a view of what the inside of my book will look like.

Today I received notification that the printed proof is on it’s way. Soon I will hold the first printed copy of Two Hearts in my hand!

I have an idea that I got from Christine Grote about how I can share that moment with you all.

Two words: video post. Stay tuned!


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. What a thrill, Linda! Thanks for sharing each step along the way to publication. Can’t wait for the video post but mostly can’t wait to meet you in person this week in Austin!

  2. I’ll look forward to seeing it. Thanks for the link.

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