Saturday, July 6, 2013
The trials and tribulations of self-publishing
I'm hard at work preparing Book 2 of the Maxwell Saga for publication later this month. I'd hoped to have it ready for July 15th, but I'm afraid it may slip by a few days to the 20th or even the 25th, thanks to formatting issues with hardcopy product at CreateSpace. As I've mentioned before, I had all sorts of difficulties getting the manuscript for Book 1 into an acceptable format for them to print it; in particular, when I complied with their online template, their review still claimed that my book was out of spec. Turned out I had to leave margins almost double what they nominally required before I could get any further. Oh, well, that's part of the learning curve, I guess . . .
A proof copy of the print edition of 'Take The Star Road' is on its way to me as I write these words. As soon as it gets here, I'll check it carefully, make any changes necessary, then prepare the print edition of Book 2, 'Ride The Rising Tide', in the same way. I want to bring out the print editions of Books 1 and 2 at the same time as the e-book version of Book 2. Hopefully future volumes will be quicker to prepare, having learned (the hard way) about the problems involved!
Thanks for your patience in waiting for Book 2. I'll do my best to minimize further delays.