Archive | April, 2017

Book Warehouse Signing CANCELLED

15 Apr

The book signing for April 15th has been cancelled due to a royalties dispute with the Book Warehouse corporation.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

Acephalous Prints: The unfolding drama

14 Apr

Update: The books have not shipped (and I don’t think they’ve even printed yet), which means I will not have any copies of Acephalous for the signing event tomorrow. (This is not the worst case scenario). However, I will still be there with plenty of Humans In My House, and Acephalous is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle.

But, everything works out the way it’s supposed to. The advantage of not having any books printed in time is that, I’m hoping, when they are printed, the corrected error-free text file is used (see this post to see what was wrong with the previous text files). The delay in shipping bought me time to read the proof, fix the errors, and resubmit the file. I called CreateSpace yesterday, and the man I spoke with said that if the books haven’t been printed yet, or are still in the process, it’s possible to switch over to the corrected file for all or at least part of the order. Meaning, when they do come, even if it’s too late for this month’s signing, they’ll be error-free when they arrive, which is great because Aiken Wine and Sign is next weekend. I hope they’re here by then. The worst case scenario is that they ship too late for one or both events AND they’ve already been printed with the original (messy) text file. So be it. I’ll sell them at a discount.

I haven’t heard back from CreateSpace yet to know if they were able to push the new file through before printing. The books might have already come off the press. Regardless, the folks at Book Warehouse Myrtle Beach are extremely nice and supportive and want to do multiple signings with me. I’ll schedule another month once Acephalous comes.

 

Haste Makes Waste.

12 Apr

0412171735-1You see all those flags on my proof copy of Acephalous? Those each represent one error that slipped through production unfixed. In the interest of full transparency, the first 50 paperback copies of Acephalous in my possession will have these errors. I’m selling them at a discount (save $2, or buy it and Humans In My House for $20, a $5 savings). I’m pulling the product from Amazon and CreateSpace until I can make corrections so no additional copies are printed.

So here’s the full story:

Because I was in a rush to publish in order to have copies in time for my book signing on April 15th, I approved my draft and ordered 50 books before I had the chance to read the proof copy. I was arrogant and hasty. I thought, “I’m not going to have a book to release at all if I don’t order now, and, hey, it’s probably not that bad.”

Such is the nature of looming deadlines when you’re a one-person company. This is what self-publishing looks like in its rawest, most embarrassing forms. I am totally comfortable with putting my failures out there. It’s much less mortifying than acting like I didn’t know there were things wrong with the book, or passing it off as correct knowing there are typos. Heaven forbid people see the errors and think I thought I hadn’t made a mistake. This way, people at least know they aren’t errors of ignorance, but errors of haste.

In all honesty, I’m sure I’m being much harder on myself because I’m an editor than the average pleasure-reader will be. Some of the things in this book are file conversion oddities that happened when CreateSpace converted the word document into a publication-formatted file (not blaming them, just acknowledging that weird technical stuff I can’t foresee sometimes happens). Other errors are small, and silly, and are probably going to go unnoticed. Things like a quotation mark facing away from the word rather than toward it. Then, there are the few glaring and stupid typos that I just don’t know how I missed. Take “dinnder” instead of “dinner” for example. Yep, true story. It’s in those first 50 copies. After 24 hours and some sangria to process this, I’m able to laugh at it.

I can assure you that NONE of the mistakes involve plot or the general concept of the story. They are all typographical errors, so if you can tolerate some dumb textual oversights, you’ll still be able to enjoy the book.

And, ya know, maybe one day when I’m a best-seller, there’ll be a click-bait article on social media with a headline like, “You’ll never guess how sloppy the first edition of Amanda Marsico’s Acephalous was. Only 50 were printed. Now, they’re worth hundreds of dollars.” So be it.

At this stage, there is nothing I can do about it but acknowledge that even an editor misses things, promise to never again be judge-y about other published books sold with typos, and to thank everybody in advance for kindness and patience. No need to roast me on Amazon product reviews. I know it needs work.

In the meantime, I’m making the file corrections as quickly as I can without further sacrificing quality. The Second Edition will come in the next month or so. I’d like to sell as many of these first 50 as I can since I already invested in them. Additionally, putting out a new edition means pulling the first from shelves and republishing from scratch, and that takes time.

Despite the errors, I hope to see you Saturday anyway.

 

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