December 5, 2014
A Vengance of Angels, Amazon, CreateSpace, novel, paperback, self-publish
The first complete copies of A Vengeance of Angels have arrived in the UK, courtesy of Amazon CreateSpace, drawing a neat line under the story and declaring it to be completed.
My first book suffered from a case of couldn’t-leave-it-alone-itis. However, with some thanks to the timetable set by my editor, the second book will not suffer this fate.
With ‘Vengeance’ in print, I am content to leave it alone – barring the surfacing of any undiscovered typos, of course.
So now, I am determined to crack on with the third book in the trilogy and:
USA: Buy A Vengeance of Angels
UK: Buy A Vengeance of Angels
November 15, 2014
A Construct of Angels, A Vengeance of Angels, Amazon, angel, CreateSpace, paperback, publish, self-publish
Ordering the CreateSpace proof copy was a good move. Definitely. The 1.5 line spacing I’d used to prevent the book being as thin as an advertising flyer made the whole story look as if it was a child’s book.
I changed the spacing to 1.0, which immediately shrank the page count to the point where the cover would have wrapped twice around the book. Oops.
So some re-jigging was called for. After several infuriating days watching words, sentences, and images sliding around of their own free will (anyone who has worked with Word will know what I mean), I’ve finally arrived at a point where the MS is where I need it to be.
Six copies have now been ordered from the US, along with another six copies of CoA for my ‘impulse buy’ stocks.
I can now declare book 2 to be over and done with, done and dusted, completed and in the bag. *shifts focus to book 3.*
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to:
July 18, 2014
CDO, CreateSpace, errors, novel, obsessive, OCD, paperback, printing, self-publish, tyops, typo
Anyone who’s been following my attempts to create a paperback from my eBook will know that I’ve been so very close for such a long, long time.
But last night, I got confirmation that my first paperback had been despatched by Amazon.
All right, I was the one who’d purchased it, but it was for a friend and voluntary beta-reader in Canada. Thanks Michelle!
Perhaps I ought to call her an omega-reader, because this (he says) is going to be the very last set of changes I will apply to the MS. Discussions with my editor (hello Tara!) place the industry-acceptable rate of errors at 0.015%. Mine is currently averaging 0.005% but typos still get under my skin and I hate them and zey vill.not.be.tolerated!!
Not that I’m obsessive or CDO or anything… >.<
(For those that haven’t seen CDO before, it’s like OCD, but the letters are.in.the.correct.order. As they ought to be. 😀 )
Aaaaanyway, my first paperback has taken flight and ought to arrive within the week. I wait with baited breath for Michelle’s appraisal before I fix the dratted MS for one final time and close the chapter on the first book. Any remaining errors will have to be flagged up by particularly CDO-inclined readers of the future. I will simply smile quietly and say ‘I left that one in there especially for you, you clever thing.’
Oh, PS… I clicked ‘order’ on Tuesday evening (GMT), received a shipping notification the following evening and by Thursday afternoon, the book had arrived in Ontario! This was well inside Createspace’s ‘within 7 days’ estimate. Impressive!
July 14, 2014
A Construct of Angels, Amazon, CreateSpace, debut, edit, novel, paperback, paperbacl CreateSpace, self-edit, self-publish
Well, my second proof copy has arrived from the USA and despite my best hopes, I’m still finding errors in the text. 😦
I asked my significant other if she’d read through it for me… a fresh pair of eyes, and all that. However, after five weeks of gathering dust (the book, not me!), I realised I’d have to undertake the task myself. *sigh*
After hundreds of read-throughs, I’m having real trouble concentrating on the text and find myself drifting along with the narrative instead.
Why, I keep wondering, do these text errors continue to plague my MS? I like to think I’m meticulous with my grammer and, speeling. I can only imagine the errors are typos I’ve somehow missed.
True, my typing isn’t perfect. As It gets faster, mistakes begin to appear, so I temper my speed to keep the typos down. However, impatience can sometimes bite and my fingers will get carried away, often typing faster than my brain (that only takes eight words a minute, usually!).
So this week finds me ploughing (yes, that’s how it feels after 500+ reads) through the paperback, hoping to upload and receive a corrected version before the end of July.
I have to – a couple of Floridian friends are keen to see a paperback copy in early August.
Anyway, back to reading…
In the meantime:
April 13, 2014
A Construct of Angels, A Vengeance of Angels, CreateSpace, self-publish, Sonya Loveday, Wattpad
Image courtesy of YelloShine at StockXchng
Hello everyone. I have finally emerged from my writing cave after an obsessive recheck of my MS for ‘A Construct of Angels.’
Following the re-launch on February 28th, I spotted a typo in the first chapter whilst posting a sample of the story onto Wattpad (yes, I’ve managed to stretch myself even thinner!). Anxious as to why I’d missed something so basic, I felt compelled to re-read the whole story (again) – and I’m very glad I did. Scores of silly mistakes scuttled around in the daylight once that particular rock had been lifted, mistakes that should never have happened. I can only blame the way I used Word (in ‘show all changes’ mode) to enter the edit suggestions from Tara, my editor and ‘Words with Friends’ buddy.
I will be applying the lessons from this latest faux-pas to my next MS and sequel to CoA, ‘A Vengeance of Angels.’
So, I finally completed the read-through and Sonya Loveday has kindly offered to read it through for me, because if I have to read that story one. more. time. I might go a wee bit crazy. *sigh* Does everyone get to this love-hate stage with their MS, where they cannot bear to plough through it yet again?
If Sonya gives it the all-clear, I will finally be able to revisit the CreateSpace site and upload the finished MS, before I order a second proof copy. It’s been a long time coming…
In the meantime, Write On!