Wednesday, May 11, 2016

New Release Date for Chaos Season!

I've spent most of my writing time in the past couple of weeks taking this (the original proof copy of Chaos Season before markup):

 to this (post markup):
and then going through the manuscript, making changes, and removing sticky notes. The fortune I posted with the "before" proof copy says, "You will make many changes before setting satisfactory." That fortune definitely came true. However, after many edits and reformatting issues (somehow, changing two words added four pages to my book, causing a lot of reformatting to bring it back to its original page length), I think I may finally have the paper version set. Hopefully sometime today I will be able to approve the paper version for sale. And if I'm really lucky, I'll be able to bring some copies to WisCon in a couple of weeks.

I find ebooks easier to format than the paper ones, so the final versions have already been uploaded to Amazon,  Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and iTunes. There didn't seem to be any good reason to keep the publication date in June, so I moved it forward to 5/20/16. That should give me time to deal with any issues before WisCon and allow me to focus on other things. I still plan to promote the series in June (I already have one ad scheduled and plan to schedule a few more), but hopefully if I can get some reviews on Chaos Season in the meantime, that will help sales. So Happy Early Birthday, Jenna! Time to move on to Books Four and Five.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

So the eBook will be out in less than two weeks? Very cool!
My publisher sends both an electronic and a print copy for me to proof and the print one ends up looking a lot like that. (It's easier for me to find the mistakes in the print version and then go back and mark them in the electronic version.)

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks, Alex! I usually read my rough draft on my Kindle and do the final proof on paper. Shifting formats helps me look at the book with fresh eyes.

Crystal Collier said...

It's a lovely cover. Awesome. It seems no matter how closely you scour an ARC, there will be something that slips through the cracks, but I'm hoping they are none for your book!

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks, Crystal! Maria Zannini of Book Cover Diva created this cover as well as the first two in this series.

I approved the book this morning, so we'll see if I find anything else to change when the first shipment arrives. At least I can update the ebook quickly!

Pat Dilloway said...

Formatting paperbacks is hard but a novel is easier than a book of short stories with all the different headers.

Sandra Almazan said...

Pat, the key to headers is to make sure to use section breaks and make sure the section headers aren't linked to each other.

Maria Zannini said...

Your work is always flawless. Now I know why.

Hope you get your copies in time.

Sandra Almazan said...

Thanks, Maria! It takes several drafts and multiple edits before I feel a book is ready for release.

I've gotten several compliments on the cover, so I make sure to tell people who designed it.

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