UPS delivered a hard copy of Beyond the Gate yesterday. Momentous. How i wanted to skim through and order 100 to arrive in 3-4 weeks. But i just couldn’t.
It’s not good enough yet. Too many issues scream amateur, self-published, subpar. Everyone of those emojis above represent me through this process, all those feelings and more… But we are almost there!
In my last email subscriber update, i guesstimated availability June 1. Silly me. Might be August. Until the pandemic hit, Ingramspark turned around orders in 5 business days. Now it’s 22–a month instead of a week. That hurts. Time has faded into the background for me, though, with quality taking top priority. This is my last book and, though i think it will still appear self-published, i’m okay with that if i feel i’ve done my darndest, you know?
Details about the remaining issues (for those who are interested):
- I ordered matte finish for the cover and it came glossy.
- The cover is set a sliver off plumb, to my eye.
- I want eggshell colored pages, like most books, but the paper is very white (That could be on me, as i mistakenly got two orders going at once for a while. Oy vey.)
- margins–Text on several pages ends a couple lines from the bottom, i think because of the formatting program’s settings for widows and orphans which eliminates single lines of text at the bottom or top of a page.
- funky spacing in two instances–Again, we’ll have to fight the program function that justifies margins.
- typoes–Very few remain, (i think/hope), but one mistake is using affects when it should be effects. That would be hard for this English major to live with.
Olive Ann Burns inspires inner peace as i persevere. I’m reading Leaving Cold Sassy, The Unfinished Sequel to Cold Sassy Tree with a Reminiscence by Katrina Kenison. Olive Ann worked on Cold Sassy Tree, one of the best-selling books of all time, for over eight years before publication, confessing peace within as she pursued other priorities AND underwent chemotherapy for lymphoma. Passionate about the story, she didn’t seem to care much whether it got published or not. “I thought if i finished it, I would just make some Xerox copies and give it to my family for Christmas presents.” You can see why her attitude calms me. Peace to her memory.
This morning, i asked an interested neighbor what to say to my 500 email subscribers. I’m tired of sending updates until the headline can be ORDER BEYOND THE GATE NOW! I feel sheepish (sheepish emoji here) about how long it’s taking. I fear people will lose interest. My friend had a good idea, though, and i’m going to use it: next week i will message about pre-ordering.
Hey, thanks, my little circle, for letting me share my heart. As always, i hope you are all doing okay with pandemic and other challenges. Stay strong!
Any other ideas for my update next week? Please comment.