The burden of the proof copy.

All the TV court room dramas like to talk about the burden of proof of someone’s guilt or innocence being on the prosecution. But when you’re a writer the burden is in the proof itself.

Since I decided to go separate ways from Night Publishing to put my books out as paperbacks through

In the space of a few short weeks I have learnt to create a passable PDF file and to prepare the book to certain specifications. I have had to learn how to do the pagination to the contents match the page numbers in the MS itself.

I am not the most patient of people and I am told I get this trait from my maternal grandmother.

When I was a child I always dreamt of one day holding a book in my hands that I had actually written but just because I have now experienced this does not mean the sensation will lessen with each proof I touch.

I was up all night last night. Not because I’m ill or insomniac because I’m not but I was on a high. I have finally received excellent proof copies of The Lynchcliffe Cuckoo Volume 1: Mise en Scène and Eye of the Storm: Lewis Franklin’s Story to approve for distribution. When the books hit Amazon it will all have been worth the effort as I will have proved to myself and the online communities to which I belong that I don’t need help. I managed to publish 8 books on Kindle without help after all.

I am now working on getting the rest of the Lynchcliffe Cuckoo trilogy ready for paperback publication and it is just so exciting.

In addition to that I have one more prequel – Divided Loyalties: Lady Lynchcliffe’s Story – to prepare for and also one to finish writing. I have been really lazy when it comes to writing lately as I have been too busy fretting. One day I WILL finish Prescription for Romance: Hamish George’s Story.

The short story editions can wait for now as they require a more detailed knowledge of the series and as yet the non Kindle owning public have been unable to access them. My 92 year old Grandmother (the one I get my impatience from) is currently reading The Lynchcliffe Cuckoo Volume 1: Mise en Scène. I did warn her about the Adult content.

Watch this space and follow this blog for details of release.

For now you can access my Lulu Author page by visiting


4 Responses to The burden of the proof copy.

  1. tricia says:

    Great job, Melanie. I know your path to publication has been a challenge, but at last, you have two of your books in paperback form for you to enjoy and to share with fans. It’s hard to find time to write when you have to serve as your own publisher and do your own marketing, but the rewards will be that much sweeter because you did it all yourself (and you don’t have to share the profits). 🙂

    I wish you all the best, Mel.

  2. Ron A Sewell says:

    Well Done Mel

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