Back when I first started writing, much of what I wrote were reviews of the books of others. This was an excellent place to start. Casting a critical eye over other author's books was a great introduction into how lack of attention to detail can undermine a good book.
However, having written so many outspoken criticisms of the books of others does however play on my mind when it comes to polishing my books before sending them to the publisher.
I'm completing the checking of how text and illustrations go together in my latest book next week. I'm getting the final illustrations together today. The pic above is probably going to be on the cover.