Last week the sparkly proof copy of Mousetrapped‘s new paperback edition arrived in the post. And it was looking great. Woo-hoo! That’s the good news.
The bad news is that due to the horrendously complicated procedure of adding a new (and improved) paperback printed by Createspace to Amazon.com when an old and slightly less fabulous paperback also printed by Createspace is already on there, the listings are now all messed up.
But more on that later. First: how have all the changes turned out?
The Back Cover
Ah, the new back cover. This is probably my favorite thing about the new book. You can read more about how and why I changed it here, but in the meantime:
This was the bit I was most unsure about. I really wanted to put them in, but I feared they’d look kind of crappy. Now they definitely don’t look high quality or anything – and they’re in black and white – but I think they look good enough to stay. I also think it really adds to the book, being able to see some photos of the people and places featured in it. (There’s six pages of them in all; pictured above is just one two-page spread.) So:
The ‘Praise’ Pages
I have coerced people who have said nice things about Mousetrapped into letting me reprint them in the front pages of the book. (This, I hope, will subliminally encourage people to like it. I’ll let you know how it goes.) I think they look good, and definitely add to the ‘Real Book’ affect.
And it should also have close to zero typos. (If not zero typos. But I’m starting to believe that’s not even possible… Groan!)
I also expanded on the infamous Limo Ride to the Airport incident in response to the two readers who said they’d much rather know more about this than, say, men going to the moon with less computer power than a modern calculator. (And one you get, say, in a cracker. Not even a fancy, scientific one.) If you’ve already bought Mousetrapped and are worried that you’ll, ahem, miss out, here’s a summary of the short paragraph it took to explain it: my friend worked as a limo driver at the hotel, and he gave us a lift to the airport instead of us having to take a taxi.
I know. Isn’t that riveting? Who needs the space program, eh?
Just so we’re clear:
- THIS is the new paperback edition of Mousetrapped, on Amazon.com
- THIS is the old paperback edition of Mousetrapped, on Amazon.com
- THIS is the old paperback edition of Mousetrapped, on Amazon.co.uk*
- Kindles editions have already been updated; other e-book editions will follow shortly.
I know this is confusing, but this is what it’ll be like until Createspace sort my distribution channels out. (They’ve done nothing wrong; this is just how long it takes.) Ultimately all the old editions will be out of stock and only the new edition will be available to buy. Hopefully that day will come sooner rather than later.
And yes, since you ask, I am regretting just not updating the existing edition… Well, we live and learn. Eventually.
*The new edition is not yet available on Amazon.co.uk.