Nightmare on Self-Publishing Street
Proof copies of Dr Dan arrived a day early. The cover looked okay. Worth a tweak or two, but alright. Then I peeped inside. Aaaaarrrrgh….. it was a dog’s breakfast. Chapter breaks missing, front matter in the wrong sequence. It looked like a book assembled by a team of monkeys.
So I spent the next 12 hours, heart in mouth, re-formatting the text, re-submitting it, addressing the problems that came boomeranging back to me from the automated system. And so on. That’s the thing about self-publishing. There’s no-one at the end of a phone to whom you can sob, ‘But exactly how do I embed my fonts?’
I think I’ve now fixed everything. I’ll know on Wednesday when new proofs should arrive but by then, if I’ve made another hames of it, it’ll be too close to my deadline to do much about it. I can only hope that my readers will forgive me if it looks like a book I put together on my kitchen table. Because actually, that’s precisely what I’ve done.
Will forgive all, just get it out, can,t wait!!
I’m with Elizabeth, and Just remember, next time it won’t be the first time.
Please give us links to Dr Dan — can’t find on Amazon…
I can’t wait to read Dr. Dan! (I’m holding out for the print edition.) Don’t worry too much if the formatting is a bit off. It will be like a valuable, collectible misprinted stamp someday. I’ll shelve it next to my weirdly formatted Angela Thirkell reprints.
Oh, and in case you don’t obsessively Google yourself… there was a mention of you in the Tampa Bay Times a while ago. https://www.tampabay.com/books/laura-l-sullivan-re-reads-the-social-comedies-of-laurie-graham-20190726/
Thank you SO much, Laura. I’d have missed that.
No advance readers required this time Laurie?
Not this time, Jane. Time has been too tight.
Thanks for the reply, one last question before I place my order – will it be published in hardback or only paperback?
Only paperback or e-book.