Operation New Edition: The Proof Copy is Here!

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?

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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:


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The Photographs

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:


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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.


mousetrapped catherine ryan howardA Space Shuttle launch. Apparently less interesting than a twenty minute ride in an oversized car.

Other Changes

The new edition doesn’t have a table of contents or an atheist diatribe, but it does have a shorted version of the ‘In God We Trust’ chapter and an author’s note, which you can read here.

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?

What’s What

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.

4 thoughts on “Operation New Edition: The Proof Copy is Here!

  1. Andrea "The American Roommate" says:

    Oooh, it looks great! I especially love the back cover.

    Question – are the photo pages printed on glossy paper, or just normal paper? It’s hard to tell from the photo and I’m curious.

    In other news…I can now cross “have photo of myself in a book” off my bucket list 🙂

    • catherineryanhoward says:


      The photos are actually printed on the same paper as the rest of the book (that’s the only option, I’m afraid!) but I think they look pretty good, and I really think being able to see pictures of our gorgeous selves (!!!) really adds to the book!

      I’ll send you your very own copy when I manage to get some stock in. It’s like a nut house around here at the moment so who knows when that’ll be, but soon, I promise!

  2. Shel says:

    I bought the Kindle edition during my trip to Orlando a couple weeks ago. It looks like I got the new edition. I have to say I am so happy you didn’t take any space shuttle stuff out. I wasn’t expecting that in a “Disney” book but I LOVED it! I love the space shuttle almost as much as Disney so that was a huge bonus for me!

    The Kindle edition didn’t have pictures but I did enjoy coming on your site and looking at your photos. It added to what I had read so I am sure they are great in the book!

    As for the whole Atheist thing I was curious after reading the the author’s note at the end what you had originally written. I have to say I pretty much agree with what you had to say but I can see why you toned it down a little for the masses. I’m glad you didn’t take it out completely. For this last trip we were actually at Universal instead of Disney (the horror!) but like Disney and the space shuttle I also love Harry Potter! We went to the Supertarget near Universal and missed a turn and had to turn around at the gates of the Holy Land Experience. I had never heard of it and wondered “WTH?” So I was delighted the next day to read that chapter and have all my questions answered without having to go there myself!

    I said it in my Amazon review but I’ll say it again, I really loved this book! I have really enjoyed reading through your blog too. We must be long lost twins from the Disney stuff, space shuttle, religious stuff, LOST stuff, to the love of avocados, you write the way I think! Thanks!

    • catherineryanhoward says:

      LOL! Thanks so much Shel! That’s the first time anyone’s told me that I write the way they think – we MUST be long lost twins! 🙂

      Yeah, I really cannot comprehend people who say the space stuff is boring. Not their thing, yes. A bit overly long, perhaps. But boring?! It boggles the mind. And usually I hear this from people whose country it was that actually went to the moon – it wasn’t even my crowd that did it! I’m happier now I toned down the, ahem, Atheist diatribe or manifesto as it was referred to, but I would never have taken the whole thing out. I wanted to keep in the bit about the theme park because I think it’s so odd it has to stay!

      Glad you liked all the pictures, etc. – that’s exactly what I wanted. I know when I read a non-fiction book, especially travel, I go online afterwards to see if the author has pictures on his/her website or whatever so that was why I did.

      Thanks so much for reading (and liking!) MT and for taking the time out to tell me – I really appreciate it, long lost twin! 😉

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