Today if all went well, our new book, the last of the Lennox series, Loose Fantasies The Memoirs, comes out. If it didn’t . . . oh wait, it kinda didn’t. We had a little text hiccup. About 3 paragraphs went astray, so we have to herd them back in.
Notice our lack of upsetment?
People tend to think that printing this book is the end. As if! It’s usually after you print it that you actually see problems. And so it is with this book. But we go with the Guy Kawasaki method, ie, go ahead and roll it out. It has to happen sometime. Even if it has flaws, you can fix them. If you wait for perfection, you’ll never get it out, or published, or done, or whatever. So, at this point . . . .
The last book of this series is out, it does have some typos, but is it enjoyable anyway, you bet. Still, we do care, so we are going to be doing a new round of editing on all 6 volumes in Sept, starting with book 1, and rolling the whole series out through B&N PubIt! (the ebook creation tool they use) for Nook. We’ll also be taking a crack at turning them into Kindling (Kindle format?). If all goes well, the ebooks set will be up and out in time to take with on your Thanksgiving journey.
Nook and Kindle is something we’ve never done before, although all our books are in an ePub ebook format and available through Adobe Digital Editions. One of the downsides of the PDF format is its static. It doesn’t work well on readers. And too, Amazon will only sell its Kindle format, ditto Nook, so we felt we needed to tackle this issue. If you’re following along for the month of September, expect to read an endless stream on this topic and its related issues. If you’ve been thinking of setting up with Nook/Kindle, it might do you well.
We’ll get around to upgrading the print/PDF versions to match the newer Kindle/Nook versions in a bit, but it’s not like it’s going to make a huge difference to the read. These won’t be major story edits. In other words, these remain the same leisurely, intimate family drama / romance / travel mysteries, you’ve all come to know and love.
In the meanwhile, we’ll also be going through a general round of “end of book” things . . . the copyright process (all done online thank heaven!), and the mailing out of complimentary copies, and copies to the Library of Congress copyright office.
There’s also all the updating and adding on to do to the FAB website, and Bowker, and Google books. And even before we finish that, we may have some other books by other authors will be in the pipeline. Probably. Hopefully. Maybe. (People doing marketing probably know this, but you may not, ARCs went out months ago. An ARC is an Advanced Review Copy.)
The upshot is, if you do decide to become a publisher, you probably won’t get everything right the first go round, even if you do hire a great copy editor, proofreader, designer, media person. But it’ll still all be ok. Hang in there. You’ll get another chance, and another, and another. And if you went with LSI cover corrections and text block correction are only $40. Practically guilt free. Sure some people may snicker, but so what.
They all laughed at Christopher Columbus . . . whose got the last laugh now?