Last night I came home exhausted from an intense day at the office and all I could think about was the fish casserole I was going to eat for dinner. Then I opened my mailbox and found a slim cardboard package atop the usual bills and commercial circulars and my heart leapt: the new print proof of The Melanie Chronicles had arrived!
I just stood there in the lobby of my apartment building feeling giddy at the prospect of being able to finally check the latest proof. You may remember the first version was not really what I expected–what looked great in the digital proof looked wonky in reality. Still, it was an awesome feeling to hold my mini short story collection in my hands and see proof that I am a writer and I am capable of putting together a book–even if I suck at formatting sometimes.
Anyway, I went upstairs and forced myself to wait until after dinner to open it. I was hungry, tired and I knew I’d get a crashing headache if I didn’t eat soon. So I behaved myself–ate my dinner, didn’t rush through it–though I did make a few posts on Facebook–and then I opened my package. Overall, everything looks great. Only three things popped out at me:
- On the even-numbered pages the outer margin is slightly narrower than on corresponding odd-numbered pages
- A full-stop disappeared at the end of a sentence
- A magazine title that ought to be italicized isn’t
Other than that, no spelling mistakes, no weird typos, no major problems. Tord says I should go ahead and make the book live. He says these things don’t bother him but I know how many people are. They look at self-published books and put higher demands on them than they do traditionally published books. In a way, I understand them. We expect traditionally published books to be perfect. We also expect indie writers to make sure their books are perfect because we want them to prove us wrong about the quality of self-published books, which still bear to a certain extent the stigma of the past.
So what do you all think? Should I fix the 3 tiny problems listed above? Or should I go ahead and put the book on sale and concentrate on getting the next volume of Melanie stories, A Little Night Music (working title, could change any day now) and Another Cup of Love ready for publication?