Feeling positive today. On page 91 of the final read through. (310 in total) Found a promising final proof editor. Used fivesquid site and had 1,500 words checked to test him out first. Came back good so dipped in for some more wordage. Only problem is using such a system is likely to take more time, so fingers crossed on that front.
Illustrations to be inserted next. Getting excited about that part, plus Jim the illustrator, gave me a few extra drawings free of charge, if I want to use them.
Following this I need to find a reliable and trustworthy formatter. That's the main stressor at the moment.
My first attempt at filling in the USA tax forms on-line gave me such a headache I wiped it. Will try again before publication but hard copy is likely to be first at this rate.
Recontacted Gardeners Distribution business to see if they would consider some sort of account with them after the local Waterstones agreed to holding my book launch on Halloween providing I have an account with them. No word from them so far. Might need to phone tomorrow.