I’m preparing to publish Hunting the Phoenix, the fourth and final book of the Herbert West Series, in print. Having gone through this three times already, I know it can be a bit of a slog:
- Reading the ebook on my ereader and making notes. I’m 2/3 of the way through. About 80% of the changes consist of deleting the word “that.” As in: “I made my way over to him, telling myself
thatI wasn’t all that tipsy.” See what I mean? So far I have 22 ereader pages of notes.
- Making the noted changes in the ebook’s base Word document.
- Copying that document and formatting it for print. I’ve blogged about that process already.
- Writing a brief plot description for the back cover.
- Ordering the print cover image from my cover designer once I know the final page number.
- Uploading the interior file and cover image to CreateSpace.
- Proofing, both online and by reading a printed proof copy.
- Making post-proofing corrections. (It would be great if this step wasn’t needed, but let’s be realistic).
- Re-proofing. By this stage the online options should be enough.
- Making final corrections, if necessary (better not be!) and re-uploading.
- Copying all the changes into the Kindle ebook base document.
- Uploading the corrected ebook docs to Smashwords and KDP.
There is a bit of fun stuff this time around:
- I’ve used good old Microsoft Paint to draw a number of alchemical symbols, which I’m hoping to use as glyphs on the interior title pages of Hunting the Phoenix. Glyphs are cool.
- There will be a small (but significant) adjustment to the cover image. Look for a cover reveal in a few weeks!
By the way, I recently ran across something interesting by another WordPress blogger — a history of Herbert West, from his creation by H.P. Lovecraft to recent adaptations. Can you believe a musical version of the Re-Animator movie? Truth! The post also includes a mention of my novel The Friendship of Mortals, complete with (for me) thrill-inducing comments.
Herbert West lives!
Credit for the image (Herbert and the unnamed narrator) goes to Tealin.