We’re whizzing toward preorder time!
Editor Angie has done what she can. I have addressed her recommendations.
The sad placeholder text on the cover has been replaced.
We tried a dozen “realistic” options for the claw-mark tattoo, and the cheap “suggestion” looks less obnoxious, so that’s how it will stay.
I’m looking at the book file like a reader will be looking at it soon.
The copyeditor will get it tomorrow, but first I have to do the writerly equivalent of tidying up before the maid comes so she can concentrate on the really messy parts.
The plan is to have preorder set up by close of business Friday. If I somehow miss the preorder cutoff for a May 1 release, I’ll release it immediately rather than make you wait longer for such a stupid reason. WE HAVE ALL WAITED LONG ENOUGH!
ETA 4/19: Proofreading is done. Amazon is loaded.
If I fuck it up, they’ll revoke my preorder privileges for a year, so I wouldn’t have gone forward if I wasn’t absolutely 100% ready to go. They have THE FINAL FILE, not a placeholder.
I’ll format for the other vendors and upload to them tomorrow. I’d like to get it done NOW, but I’ve put in a 14-hour day and I’m about to drop.
ETA 4/19, Later: Okay, I wasn’t going to be able to sleep, so it’s all done and trickling through the system. Links will go up as they become available!
I’ll work on the paperback tomorrow.
ETA 4/20: One of these days, I’ll remember to design a paperback cover FIRST and chop it down to an ebook cover because it is always SUCH a drag trying to make a wraparound cover out of the front only.
Now that I look at it here, my name on the spine is too big. If I shrink that, I can move everything toward the center.
This whole finishing stretch is like that. Stare at the text or the graphics for 12 hours and think it’s fine. Look at it on another device and immediately find 10 things wrong with it.
ETA 4/22: Ebooks are where they belong. Paperback is formatted and awaiting approval so I can order proof copies. Copyright is filed. New-release-and-nothing-else newsletter is scheduled to go out on release day, May 1. I have a couple of ads to design, and then I can stuff this book in a box, forget everything about it, and start cluttering up my desk with something new.
ETA 4/27: The print proof arrived, and the cover is blacker than a politician‘s heart. I knew there were color issues between screen (illuminated) and print (opaque flat), but it hasn’t been a problem with bright-colored covers. I upped the brightness by 20% and the contrast by 10% and sent the cover file back for review.
If you want a paperback, sorry about the extra delay. I just don’t want anybody getting a book as ugly as the one I got. Fingers crossed this round of adjustments is the last.