I went through the most recent print proof with a fine-toothed comb, marking about a gazillion things I wanted to change (a few were actual errors, but in most cases the changes were merely things I wanted to reword), and then making the corrections on my manuscript. One of the changes: I added a final page, “Notes From the Author,” similar to the page by the same name at the end of The Story in the Stars. It gives a brief overview of the history and philosophy of the series as well as a snippet of explanation about the Gannahan language.
I uploaded the new-and-improved version to CreateSpace last night and also updated the Kindle version, which is already for sale. Today, I got on Amazon and checked the “Look Inside” feature to see if the update had been made. It has. So that means if you buy it on Kindle now, you’ll get the corrected version — and presumably, if you already purchased it, you’ll have the opportunity to update it on your Kindle.
But guess what? I’m an imperfect human being. Upon further review this morning, I discovered not one, but TWO errors in that “Notes from the Author” page I added last night. One was a missing comma (which many people won’t notice) and the other was a missing letter in this site’s URL. I gave my web address as www.YsWord.com instead of YsWords. Good grief.
I never expected my first foray into self-publishing to yield perfect results, but I’d hoped to come a little closer than this!
Meanwhile, I read an interesting post on the Speculative Faith blog the other day in which blogger Rebecca Miller asks readers what they like in a book, what drives them nuts, etc. Those who responded (obviously representing only a miniscule sample of the reading world and nowhere close to an accurate cross-section) were mostly in agreement on all counts. And you know what? Ransom in the Rock meets all their stated requirements to a delightful, well-fitting T. (In my biased opinion.) So how can I let them know that without blowing my own horn?
And where did the expression “suits to a T” come from, anyway?