I recently read through a copy of my book, now that it has been published and is available for purchase, in both print and Kindle editions. To my horror, I found numerous small errors—commas in the middle of sentences, where they had no business being…”false-positive” misspellings; “hand” for had, “bust” for burst,” and so on—and garbled sentence segments.
I was upset, naturally. I spent three years writing my novel, and then a year and a half editing. And not only did I edit my book several times over, but I paid for a manuscript critique from an editorial service. Alas, I should have gone over the early proofs and galleys more thoroughly. But, it is difficult when it’s your own book. I should have gotten someone else to do it.
Naturally, I was both annoyed and disappointed, and I made notes to update the MS. As I re-uploaded it to CreateSpace for corrections, I noted that my sales were really quite low. Only six volumes sold since publication. And, as I have noted in other posts, this depressed me. I know very little about advertising and distribution, so it seems unlikely that I will ever come close to recovering the finds I spent to have my book published.
Now, I was advised by a friend that I had to relentlessly market my book myself, going to brick and mortar stores to speak to owners, and schedule readings and appearances. I was told to get an agent, even though I had already published on my own. I was given much good advice, in fact; the problem, however, is that having a regular job that almost covers my bills, precludes the possibility of my spending full working days simply promoting myself.
And so, while I wait for my book’s text to be corrected, and the subsequent updating of the Kindle edition, I have decided to serialize a part of my novel here. Each week, on Wednesday, I will publish a chapter of one or two sections of Medousa, in order to spread the word as far as I can. It is my hope that people will think it well written enough to decide to purchase it. (–Available on Amazon, Amazon UK, and Amazon Europe.)
The fun begins in March!
So, stay tuned! Comments, criticisms, and sporkings will be welcome.
As an aside– Is anyone actually interested in my book reviews? Shall I continue them as a feature?