While attempting to make a slight change in the acknowledgements of my recently published print copy of Other Side of the River, I experienced a nasty shock. You see, in making even a small adjustment to the copy, one must re-submit the entire manuscript. Before ordering a box of books printed from the adjusted .pdf, I decided to check the newly submitted copy with CreateSpace’s internal editor option.
The first thing that caught my eye was that the spine print was off-center. Not good. How did it even pass inspection? I then took a closer look and discovered that all the chapter headings had lost their style and moved to the top of their respective pages. And, for some reason, there were more pages than there had been before, even though the print font was the same. That’s probably why the spine was off its mark.
Upon further study, I realized I must have readjusted the document settings when I added the bit I wanted to change, and I had not taken clear enough notes and screenshots to ensure replication of the original submission. It was just too much to start from scratch for one additional sentence in the back matter section.
After sleeping on the problem, I opted for pulling the discarded “first .pdf” from the Trash (thankfully it was still there) and resubmitting that. After all, the book must be available again as soon as possible.
When I checked out the consequences of making a minor change in the e-book version, I came across several suggestions from other authors to “leave it alone. It’s too much fuss for anything minor.” So what is, will continue to be thus.
Yesterday I discovered an invitation to authors to submit a Christmas novella to a certain publishing house. Immediately, my heart sped up as I remembered my contemporary Christmas story still awaiting publication.
But, my Indie Author self said: “Do not do this. You are giving away the rights and the option to use your story as a promotional tool.”
So I didn’t submit it. I’m hoping to publish that longish short story before Christmas under my own publishing logo. Yay for Indie Freedom!