The proof copy of the print edition of my novelette, “The Good Book,” arrived from Amazon today. You probably can’t imagine how excited I was to see that slim, cardboard package waiting for me when I got home from my day job (the one that pays the bills).
While I’ve had some of my stories appear in anthologies, this is the first story I’ve shepherded through the indie publishing process personally. I enlisted other the help of others for cover design and copyediting, but I was responsible for the interior layout and final polish on the wraparound cover.
So, it was with some trepidation that I opened that cardboard sleeve. I pulled out the slim volume inside…and it looked good. Real good.
The cover was laid out perfectly. This is always a challenge, especially for a wraparound cover, because you have to account for the width of the spine. And that varies based on the number of pages in the book.
The book looked ready for publication…but then I found two typos that had made it though copyediting. I’ve fixed them, but I’m still having a quick, final copyedit done. As an author doing indie publishing, my product must be professional…as good, or even better, than the products produced by traditional publishers.
I’ll soon be ordering another proof copy. If that meets my standards, then I’ll launch the ebook and print edition of the book simultaneously on Amazon.