New Milestone: Revised Galley Proofs Are In!

13 Feb
By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

For those wonderful and supportive people who’ve been following my quest to self-publish my first book, I am pleased to report yet another milestone. With the generous help of some wonderful fellow bloggers, I was able to do a multiple proof read of the original galley proof and send the marked-up galley .pdf back to for revision. The revised galley proof made it into my inbox today.

Unless I want to pony up more money, this is the 2nd and final revision round in my “all-inclusive” package with FriesenPress. (Which implies that it is actually an almost-but-not-quite-all-inclusive package, but I suppose they’ve got a business to think about.)

My goal is to have this revised galley proof reviewed for errors and typos (I’ve already seen two minor ones), and to have it back to within one week.

Anyone who would like to help proof read please fire me an email at You don’t have to proof the entire book. Even one chapter would be really helpful, and we can spread these around.

Even if you don’t want to proof, if you’re interested in having a read, fire me an email anyways, and I’ll send you the galley proof. Or, if you’re an existing test reader in progress, fire me an email to wake me up, and I’ll send you the latest and best version.

Here is what University of Ottawa Professor of English Janice Fiamengo had to say about the manuscript when she read it back in the fall (2013):

I spent the past weekend with your book. It is excellent: your patient and blow-by-blow recounting of the hell you endured makes for a very gripping reading experience.

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Janice is a magnificent woman who used to be a devoted feminist for noble reasons, but who later left the movement when she saw through its false scholarship and learned of the rampant harm it was doing to men, children, and society. Janice now courageously writes and speaks against feminism.

I’m saving the rest of all my wonderful test readers’ feedback for a later post. However, if you like any of autobiographies, human interest, scandal, intrigue, gender politics, triumph over adversity, amazing new ideas, or dishing the dirt on “psycho chicks,” odds are you’ll find this book a difficult one to put down. Even more so if you are not a fan of feminism.

For all those people who’ve helped me and supported me in this, what you’ve done in this means more to me than words can say. Thank you. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to suggest that this book may be the most controversial of its generation.

You are part of bringing it to life.

65 Responses to “New Milestone: Revised Galley Proofs Are In!”

  1. KG February 13, 2014 at 11:05 pm #

    Cool Nav 🙂
    And a mail coming your way.

    • navigator1965 February 13, 2014 at 11:17 pm #

      Got it, with thanks! One reply email and one galley proof email coming your way.

  2. suzjones February 13, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

    I’m so happy for you Nav. This is just so exciting 😀

    • navigator1965 February 13, 2014 at 11:56 pm #

      Thanks, Sue. Let me know if you’ve ever the interest and the time for a look at it.

      • suzjones February 14, 2014 at 4:05 pm #

        I’ve always got the interest my friend – it’s this stupid little thing called time that gets me. 😉
        Otherwise I’d say ‘yes’. I’m still only halfway through your original.

  3. Elaine February 14, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    Fantastic Nav! I don’t feel qualified to do a very good job proofing however I will be praying for you to meet your goal to get it back to FriesenPress in a week!

  4. Dotta Raphels February 14, 2014 at 12:41 am #

    It’s all good Micheal, coming together nicely 🙂

    I vouch for the controversy bit, more action and drama than TNT. Sadly all true, but I believe our world is so ready for these realities.

    Everyman may have his own truth, but no one will deny glaring truths in this book, and no one will fail to acknowledge the gross misconducts and abuse going on everyday in our court rooms, while people keep calm:All in the name of sisterhood. Will definitely resonate with many, who have fallen victim to the unfairness of the judicial system.( You know they are all similar in different countries too…must be a conspiracy).

    Good luck dear, I’m so looking forward to reading the published one 🙂

    • navigator1965 February 14, 2014 at 9:45 am #

      So good to see your lovely presence around these parts again, Dotta. Hopefully we can BOTH read each others published books in the very near future.

      I do hope the book is successful in exposing the systemic injustices that you speak of. It’s gone on far too long, and there are far too many children being hurt, especially. That is the saddest part.

  5. Dave February 14, 2014 at 12:48 am #

    Now this IS exciting. Congratulations again.

    • navigator1965 February 14, 2014 at 9:43 am #

      Thanks so much, Dave. Much appreciated. Yes, it is exciting, although I try to stay calm and level-headed.

  6. SHIRLEY MAYA TAN February 14, 2014 at 1:14 am #

    Can’t wait to read it! All the best!

  7. Mich-in-French February 14, 2014 at 2:29 am #

    Nav – I was reading your book on the plane both to and from Johannesburg yesterday and I am loving it – I picked up one error but this is one of the first proofs I think so maybe you can send me the more up to date one and I will help – of course. It is so compelling – I am loving it!

    • navigator1965 February 14, 2014 at 7:00 am #

      So glad you’re enjoying it, Mich. Coming up shortly.

  8. barbarafranken February 14, 2014 at 3:29 am #

    I’d love to take a read Michael… can you send it through to my email you have…

    • navigator1965 February 14, 2014 at 7:00 am #

      Hello, Barbara. Thanks for your interest, coming up as soon as I find your email address.

    • navigator1965 February 14, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      Done, my dear Barbara.

  9. bethbyrnes February 14, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Very gratifying to know that you set this ambitious goal and met it. It is like having a baby, in some ways. Congratulations.

    • navigator1965 February 14, 2014 at 9:41 am #

      Thank you, Beth. Yes, it certainly has proven to be one of the larger projects of my life in terms of duration and effort.

      Interesting analogy. Yes, it is a bit like expecting a new child. Excitement, yet a little anxiety too as to whether or not things will go perfectly, and exactly when the “big moment” will occur.

      I suppose that makes me a bit of an expectant father at the tender age of 48!

  10. The Hook February 14, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    I wish I had the time to help you (I’ve been in your shoes and it is nerve-wracking to say the least0, but my world is under siege from multiple forces these days. I shall endeavor to support you soon, though, my friend, this I promise you.

    • navigator1965 February 14, 2014 at 9:39 am #

      No worries, Monsieur Hook. Well do I know what being busy is like. Your promise is a cheque that I can take to the bank, in my books. Thanks so much for your kind support, which is very much appreciated.

  11. Susan Irene Fox February 14, 2014 at 11:14 am #

    Dear Stephen,

    I am housesitting this weekend; will give it a read-through for you, my friend.


    Susan Irene Fox

    “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit,” says the Lord Almighty. Zechariah 4:6

  12. Lee-Anne February 14, 2014 at 6:59 pm #

    Gallies make it real.. 🙂

  13. waitingforprincecharming February 14, 2014 at 8:46 pm #

    I am so pleased for you and wish you every success..
    I can’t wait to get my copy!!! 🙂

    • navigator1965 February 14, 2014 at 11:18 pm #

      Thank you, Waiting. There’s a signature in there somewhere too, as I recall.

      • waitingforprincecharming February 15, 2014 at 8:54 am #

        There better be a signature and personal message (I’m demanding, I know). 😉

        • navigator1965 February 15, 2014 at 1:01 pm #

          But worth it.

        • waitingforprincecharming February 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm #


        • waitingforprincecharming February 20, 2014 at 8:25 pm #

          😉 yep

  14. Aussa Lorens February 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Soon! Soon! Soon! I shall answer the haunting calls from my inbox!

    • navigator1965 February 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm #

      Hello, Madam Aussa! I’ll send you the latest galley proof. Fewer typos, and a nice book layout.

      Auuuusssssssaaaaaaa………. *nav has coughing fit of laughter, but it’s worth it*

  15. idiotwriter February 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm #

    It is I who need a kick in the pants for missing this post!
    Nav Sir – well done.
    I offer to read – I believe you have enough? 😉 – I believe you can still send it by the by – Let me know which chapters are likely to be troubled – so I start there?
    Things should quiet Anon.
    Take care Chief.

    • navigator1965 February 15, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

      Coming up, dearest IW! No worries about any delay whatsoever. }:-))>

      • idiotwriter February 16, 2014 at 5:22 am #

        😀 OK Nav – Very exciting – and busy 😉

  16. livingwithshadows February 16, 2014 at 9:59 pm #

    wonderful news! sorry i am not a fast reader but i can already tell you have written a great book, it grabs my emotions and gives them a damn good shake!

    • navigator1965 February 17, 2014 at 9:29 am #

      LWS, So nice of you to drop by. Thanks for your kind comment regarding the book. Absolutely no worries about it–take all the time in the world. Yes, the book does appear to really resonate with readers, which is a good thing. It’s wonderful that I have received feedback such as this, as it allowed me to gauge that I had written it effectively. It has the effect on readers that I had hoped for, but one is never really sure until the readers tell you that it is so.

      Of course, with a true story like the one I have, it would be hard to write an account of it that wasn’t gripping.

  17. Dugutigui February 17, 2014 at 7:25 am #

    Very happy for you!

    • navigator1965 February 17, 2014 at 8:20 am #

      Thank you. If you’re ever interested in reading it pre-release, please email me at, and I can send you the .pdf galley proof ebook. The non-fiction work is said to be a gripping read by test readers, and it lays the groundwork for understanding feminism as a narcissistic subset of what the late social critic Christopher Lasch wrote about in his book “The Culture of Narcissism.”

  18. Holistic Wayfarer February 17, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    JF’s testimony is wonderful. Go, go, go NAV! (Augh. You made me use the cliché exclamation.)

    • navigator1965 February 17, 2014 at 7:08 pm #

      Synchronicity, Madam Wayfarer! It was but an instant ago that I left a comment on one of your posts at Harsh Reality.

      Thanks so much for your enthusiastic words of encouragement, Diana. I do hope to produce a book worthy of your attention.

  19. Sherri February 18, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    Nav, this is wonderful news and so very exciting. I have a habit of saying, yes, I’ll do such and such and then have to make poor excuses for not being able to do it. So, I wish I could help you, I really do but I wouldn’t be doing you any favours as I am pushed for time in so many ways at the moment. It seems that you have plenty of offers to help which is fantastic. I hope I can make it up to you by awarding you The Lighthouse Award. You can read what I said about you and why I nominated you for this personal award here:
    Congratulations Nav in ever sense of the word – Sherri

    • navigator1965 February 18, 2014 at 4:06 pm #


      Thanks so much for the kind honour which you have bestowed upon me, and perhaps even more so for the kind words at your blog. I accept with humility and gratitude, although it may be a bit before I can get to processing it.

      Well do I know what it’s like when life decides that one should be busy! No worries about the galley proof, as some rather wonderful people have and are working behind the scenes to ensure as many of my little typos and errors are caught as possible.

      I think the book will prove to be a lighthouse that illuminates some topics that certain people would rather they remain shrouded in the darkness of lies and deceit.

  20. M.K. Styllinski February 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm #

    I’m just over halfway through the version you sent me.

    Geeze what a hellish, harrowing experience. The sooner the book is out there in front of as many eyes as possible, the better. It’s a fine piece of work, very readable, accessible and informative.

    • navigator1965 February 19, 2014 at 8:29 pm #

      Hi, M.K. Thanks for the interim feedback, which is much appreciated, as are your kind words.

      Halfway? The best is yet to come.

      • Zayle February 25, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

        (Off topic here). I recently read on a woman’s marriage website where some men and some women were joining in on a discussion of all the ills of feminism.
        Just a question, why do we think that it is okay to discuss to the extreme, women not following Biblical commands, but we hardly ever say anything anything to Christian men who are male chauvenists ,carry many sins and undesirable behavior, and go against God’s Word? Where is that type discussion?
        The flow of the discussion seem to imply that women are the only ones who sin and that women are so terrible. But wait, no person discusses chauvenism and male egos in as much length as you see against feminism. Man made doctrines that point out only women’s sins and ignore men’s sins, have run rampant every since the beginning of time. Look at the conflict and sin of Cain killing Abel.

        • navigator1965 February 26, 2014 at 2:19 am #

          Thanks for your comment, Zayle. When one examines contemporary feminism critically, it is a false prophetess. It’s foundations are hateful ideology and false scholarship. Sadly, it has become a dominant influence in our societies to varying degrees.

          I suspect feminism may draw the attention of Christian commenters due to the fact that feminism actively treats monotheistic religion as being a form of oppression. There is no male equivalent that preaches that Christianity, for example, is a form of slavery for men. Hence, the dialogue is focussed on the social movement that seeks to undermine it.

          However, you do have a valid point, in that there is equal obligation to insist that men and women adhere to biblical direction for relations between them if one subscribes to a Biblical religion.

  21. yakinamac February 25, 2014 at 3:59 pm #

    Congratulations! Looking forward to reading it – though I expect I’ll have to do it when the cats are out. I’m anticipating some shouting at the pages may be involved… 😉

    • navigator1965 February 26, 2014 at 12:20 am #

      Thank you, YinaM. I’d love to read yours too, but if you’re like me, finding the time for pleasure reading will be a challenge.

      I don’t think you’ll be shouting. Too much. }:-)>

  22. Shay March 1, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    Hello! I’m very glad that you are happy with your book! I am actually the Book Designer that created your cover proofs at FriesenPress … It made my day when I saw the great comment you left on one of the proofs “New York Times best seller” material. Thank you!

    • navigator1965 March 1, 2014 at 11:44 pm #

      Hi Shay, wonderful to have you drop by. Yes, I was and still am taken with the chosen cover design of the two you did. Your translation of the suggestion of reflecting text on the cover has resulted in superb symbolism. The book delves into how narcissism manifests in women and how the narcissistic phenomenon of “mirroring” tends to manifest differently in female narcissists than in male narcissists. So, the distorted and slightly evil mirroring effect in near lipstick red really does the job. It also provides the visual metaphor to link the title–The Mirror, Book One: Welcome to the Evil Sisterhood–to the book’s text.

      If you’re ever interested in the test reader feedback, fire me an email at sometime. Oh, I haven’t done a cover reveal with the chosen design here yet. I did do a post with the 2nd place design.


      I’ve been getting great test reader feedback, which suggests the book could achieve some degree of popular success.

  23. Miss Lou March 3, 2014 at 4:14 pm #

    Am I too late? I love to have a read through…

  24. jonapluswords March 3, 2014 at 4:37 pm #

    That is great news.
    I have the feeling, that feminism somewhere along the line forgot to integrate itself into the the mainstream movement in favor of human rights.
    They originally wanted the same. Due to the universality of said rights they are not predominantly postulated to benefit men or women but rather both.
    To juxtapose in opposition genders is an insidious trick to divert attention from those who should feel the justified anger of all manifestations the human race allows itself to appear in.
    One is not oppressed by all men or all women. Rather by a few. Blowback is inevitable when putting a large group of people under general suspicion.
    I am with you on the judiciary front. If you are a man in this system you are pretty much fucked, if you would like to prevent a general suffering from social repercussions.
    My tip? Do not marry. These days the dice have already been rolled and the man looses.
    I look forward getting to know you book 😉

    • navigator1965 March 3, 2014 at 6:00 pm #

      Jonah, I think you’re going to enjoy the thesis that I discovered and developed, as well at the narrative method in which I share this.

      If you can live with some typos, you’re always welcome to read the manuscript ahead of the book coming out. if you’re interested, no worries if you aren’t.

  25. Mich-in-French March 11, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

    You inpsire me Nav – and I am blessed to be in on the accounts of this journey – I am rooting for you all the way! 😉

    • Mich-in-French March 11, 2014 at 12:02 pm #

      Bleugh – excuse all those spelling errors but I have been typing for over 7 hours and my fingers and eyes are not working together

    • navigator1965 March 11, 2014 at 2:18 pm #

      You are a genuine sweetheart, Mich. Thanks for all the support.

      • Mich-in-French March 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm #



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