It’s here. It’s been printed out and everything. I’m publishing a book. This is a thing that is happening. It’s one thing to hear people say they want to read it, or have them read it and pretend to enjoy it because they like me. It’s another thing to hold the completed product in my hands and realize, “Wow. If this doesn’t pan out I’ve wasted an amazing amount of time. This is terrifying. But these illustrations sure are nice.”
These are the proof copies. I’ve gotta flip through one and look for errors. Then we apply the changes to the print copy. Then it goes up for sale, for real, and we’ll finally get to see if all of this pans out. If you’re one of my proofreaders, you’re getting one of the volumes you see above. I’ll be signing them and dropping them in the mail
right away eventually.
Already a few early readers have found some mistakes. This is unfortunate. There is one serious mistake that can lead to confusion. (A chapter division happens one line of dialog too late.) There are a few instances where the character Moxley is written as “Moxely”. There’s a missing w in the word “with”. The rest of the mistakes are very minor and limited to some spacing issues that only appear in certain digital formats. Some chapter titles have their first letter on one line, with the rest of the word on the next line. This happens on Kindle for PC, but not on an actual Kindle. Awesome. You know, this is exactly the sort of technological clusterfarg I was happy to escape when I left behind PC software development to become a writer.
For those of you who are finding problems with the e-book version, feel free to send me your corrections if you like. We will be patching the digital version, possibly later today.
Sadly, there is no longer a single “master” copy of the book. There’s the print copy for CreateSpace, the digital version for Smashwords, the Kindle version, and the print copy for Lulu. Typographical edits must be made in all versions, while formatting changes must be made to the print / digital versions as needed. It’s a mess, it’s confusing, and if we rush it we run the risk of introducing new problems when fixing the old.
I am looking forward to the day when the digital bookstores get their collective act together and settle on some neutral format. The conversion the book had to go through was ridiculous. It’s not like you can just save it as a PDF and expect things to work.
I’m still aiming for Friday March 2nd as the official release date for the print version.
Thanks so much to the readers who took the time to post reviews to Amazon. Thanks to the people who donated at such a fortunate time. Thanks for your continued support.