Even though I released my debut novel (eBook) LIQUID LIES in March 2012, the print version just became available this month. Why the delay? Admittedly it was because my formatter (my dear hubby Tom) and I are on a huge learning curve with this whole publishing business. This being our first try at all things indie.
Also, to be honest, I wasn’t in that big of a hurry to have a print version simply because eBooks are more popular. Yet, I knew that I didn’t want to exclude those who still prefer to read a print book, including my mother. Also just to get the eBook up and running took countless hours for us. So we knew we’d have to squeeze in the print project between our time with four kids, jobs etc.
Plus, it wasn’t that easy (at least for Tom and I) to get LIQUID LIES ready for print. A few things needed to be changed or added from the eBook version to the print version. For example, I needed a new cover. The original eBook cover for LIQUID LIES initially worked great. The thumbnail was bright, bold and easy to read both the title and my name. However, it did not translate well to a print version. Therefore, we hired a graphic artist to design a new cover.
Getting the book ready for print created some new challenges as well (trust me we had a lot with the eBook version too.) As we went over every page we still found a handful of pesky errors (yes, even after a dozen beta readers and two paid editors- we are all human and still miss things.) In addition, we had to make a back cover as well. We also wanted to add additional pages inside including reviews and an author photo page with a short biography. Don’t even get me started on learning how to format for print -ugh.
When we thought we were done, we ordered a proof. And guess what? A handful of new challenges cropped up (spacing for example, and weird symbols showing up). So again, we thoroughly examined and edited every page in the proof, uploaded all the corrections, then ordered another proof. We did this process over 6 times until it was right. Whew! So now, several months after the eBook release, LIQUID LIES is available in print.
If you have a print version, what was your experience? Did you release your eBook and print version at the same time?
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