I’m sure it hasn’t escaped your attention that Self-Printed 2.0 is not yet available.
Trust me, I know this. I’m well aware. And yes, I’m also aware that once upon a time I might have said something about August, and it’s now September. I might have even said something about the beginning of August. Oh how I laugh at Past Catherine and her naive ways! Updating 110,000 words about something that’s changing all the time? Adding another 16,000? Arranging covers and proofreads? Going through the PDF with a fine-tooth comb and then again when you realised you had to change the footer’s margin at fraction of a fraction of an inch, but somehow that still meant that every typed word shifted and moved? Oh, sure. The beginning of August, yeah, no problem.
(That was sarcasm, by the way.)
And that’s not even mentioning That We Do Not Speak Of, i.e. formatting. (Oops.) I should’ve just said it’d make a good Christmas present.
Okay, things aren’t that bad. Here’s what the schedule is looking like right now, all going to plan:
- E-book editions in all major formats available directly and exclusively from me at a discounted price from this very site, circa this Friday (with a bonus for you paperback fans!)
- Paperback available from CreateSpace by next Monday
- Paperback and e-books on general release (read: Amazon) by September 23rd.
And, in an attempt to purge your memory of this shameful delay, FREE STUFF! Leave a comment on this post for your chance to win a paperback copy of Self-Printed 2.0, hot off the P.O.D presses. Three runners up will also receive FREE e-book editions, if they want them. Open to all places on Earth. One entry per e-mail/WP account. Closing date: Friday 14th September 2012.
L-R: Vanessa O’Loughlin, moi, Adrian White, Arlene Hunt. Credit: Emily Green/www.facebook.com/mountainstosea. We all look so forlorn, I can only imagine this is the bit where we were discussing e-book formatting…
Part of the reason why the book isn’t finished yet is that I’m sooooooooooooooooo busy at the moment. Busier than I’ve ever been. (Which, let me just say no, is not boding well for an early November release of Travelled…) I spent Saturday in Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, at the Mountains to Sea Festival, speaking at an independent publishing seminar, sitting in the sun drinking flat whites from Insomnia (my new obsession) with writerly types and sporting the GREATEST EVER ADDITION to my wardrobe, a Mountains to Sea-branded lanyard that says “Artist”. Yep. Little me, allowed to wear an “Artist” lanyard. I practically ran away from the tent before they realised their mistake…
I shall be wearing this around the house from now on.
And yes, two hours talking self-publishing and three or four hours coffee-drinking and talking writing counts as busy, okay?
As for the ongoing Sock Puppet Show, I am writing a post. But since that probably won’t be finished until July of next year when “Puppetgate” is but a distant memory, the gist of it is this: (a) if you are stupid enough to do something like create an online persona just to bestow shiny stars on your own work in sets of five and trash the works of others, I am in doubt about your ability to write a book I’ll like, (b) just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t mean it’s right or just and (c) I think people think Amazon reviews are more important to book-selling than they actually are. They’re pretty important for self-publishers, yes, but it wasn’t a self-publisher who was caught most recently with his hand up an old sock with a wool mustache and two mis-matched buttons sewn onto it. And Amazon could fix this with the tinest of changes. Right now, anyone who has ever bought anything can write a review. For anything. So I go on there and buy a desk lamp, and now I can write a review of any product at all I like for the rest of time. But if you could only write reviews for products in your purchase history, bye-bye to all this crap. Yes, people could still trash books they hadn’t read, but at least they’d have to go to the trouble of buying them first. I’m sure Amazon could find a way to override it when need be (like with Amazon Vine reviewers who are given books to review) and I’m sure there’d be people who buy and return just to take down their competitors, but just like the plastic bag levy here in Ireland, I’m pretty sure it’d almost obliterate the problem, and that’d be good enough for me.
More in the (eventual) post. I’m off to work on that and the other 653 things on my To Do list.
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