Two sleeps to go and nerves are creeping in….
Creeping? Who am I kidding? They are flooding in at 100mph!! The “what ifs” have started!
I’ve checked off the pre-launch To Do list and appear to have all essential bases covered.
1- Upload and set up pre-order on Kindle
2- Plan online launch party for 15 April 4-6pm and send out invites
3- Sort out promo goodies
4- Good Reads Giveaway set up – open till 17 April
5- Proof paperback edition and approve
All ticked off….apart from No.5.
I think I’ve jinxed myself.
In my author’s note at the start of the book, I pass comment that Book Baby 3 has been a “golden child.”
WRONG!! Oh, so wrong!!
It’s developed into a juvenile delinquent with a propensity for wandering off!
Let me back track slightly here.
A few weeks ago, I ordered my first paperback proof copy of Book Baby 3. I paid for expediated shipping and, as if by magic, less than a week later, I held the first proof in my hands. A surreal moment.
Cue over a week’s worth of proofreading and final tweaking. (Good job too as I picked up on two continuity errors among many other minor corrections to be fixed.) I also spotted an issue with one line on the back cover. It was ever so slightly squint but it stuck out like a sore thumb.
Cue another visit to Hell..sorry the dark depths of Photoshop.. to correct the alignment.
So far so good.
I uploaded the amended files and waited for the submission to be approved. The text file passed scrutiny with flying colours first time..whew! The cover file failed….then failed again. At the third time of asking, after further trips into the dark realms of Photoshop, it was finally approved.
A fresh proof copy was ordered, again with expediated shipping selected. Expected date of delivery was noted as 3 April.
The 3 April arrived….no book.
The 4 April arrived….no book.
The 5 April arrived and I finally managed to track it. According to the tracking info it was scheduled for delivery the next day. Happy days….or so I thought.
The 6 April arrived….no book. The tracking info had been updated though and kindly informed me that the parcel had been successfully delivered to West Columbia, South Carolina, USA. Some 3000 miles off target!
Once my initial wave of anger passed, I emailed CreateSpace to explain my dilemma and to seek a solution. Within 24 hours, I’d had the postage refunded, a promise of a fresh proof to be delivered, free of any shipping charges, by 12 April and an apology for the error.
We’re all human. Mistakes happen. There was still time to get the proof and check it over before “B-Day” on 15 April.
By the evening of 11 April my sixth sense was twitching (seldom a good thing) and I checked the tracking info just to be sure that my proof was at least on the right side of the Atlantic Ocean.
It was on its way back to Kentucky due to an administrative error with a shipping invoice.
Deep breaths….more deep breaths…ok they didn’t help and the air was soon blue while I had a bit of a meltdown.
At this late stage there was very little to be done to correct the issue.
I slept on it while I waited for a response from CreateSpace.
Then I slept on it again…
Tonight, it was time to take a leap of faith and, at this point, I’m really hoping that it’s not one I’ll live to regret.
I’ve approved the paperback proof based on the digital proof copy..GULP!
I really didn’t have any choice.
So here we are, two sleeps away from “B-Day”….
Time to add No 6 to that To Do list
6- Put champagne on ice
Oh, and, if you were the lucky resident of West Columbia, SC, USA, who received the mystery package last week from the mailman, I hope you take the time to read Bonded Souls. I hope you enjoy it and I hope that you can find it in your heart to leave a review on Amazon. Every star helps!
Amazon links for Bonded Souls
UK link : https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B06XSQHG71
USA link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06XSQHG71