It takes a few days to website things: add links, remove placeholders, etc. I also have to do Amazon things which take a little longer. But Mara in paperback is live, and available for the low introductory price of $11.99. In a few months (I think it’s ninety days), the price will return to $14.99. But for now, $12 for Mara in paperback, and the Kindle version is staying at $10.
This weekend? Please, powers that be, let me get it done this weekend.
Mara and the Trolls in paperback coming soon.
Still waiting for the paperback document. It just takes a while.
Got Mara back. If the ebook requires no further corrections, Mara will be republished this evening. If more correction is required, it’ll be longer.
Mara is back with the ebook professionals. Hopefully, this will be quick.
I haven’t heard anything about the paperback, but that one usually takes a little longer.
Corrections are done, and MS is back to the layout professionals.
The ebook preorder link is here: Mara and the Trolls
I’ve never done a preorder before.
I still don’t know what’s going on with preordering the paperback, but I’m working on it.
Stay safe, everyone.
Mara and the Trolls Kindle Version is opened for preorders and will go live on Amazon June 1st.
The paperback should go live May 15th, but Amazon isn’t taking preorders for that. If they do, I don’t know how to do it yet.
The ebook will go up for $10 ($9.99), and the paperback for $14.99. Pricing is largely set by Amazon, and I don’t have a whole lot of control over those levers. This a full length book though, about 279 pages. BH was much shorter.
Speaking of BH, I’m not sure why the new edition isn’t automatically updating on Kindle readers and the Windows app. I’m going to work on that while I’m waiting for responses on the Mara stuff.
Every single part of self publishing takes longer than you would expect. I thought I’d have the paperback of Bloodharvest up weeks ago.
I submitted the manuscript to Amazon and got a proof. It looked fine. Not great, not terrible, it was fine. Wanting something a little better than fine, I shopped around for someone to do layout. I found someone (I’m going to put his contact information up in the Books page when I’ve got everything done) who did a full layout, but it took a few weeks including both work and searching through samples. He was great. After reading through the layout for the paperback, I realized it was much, much better than the ebook layout, so I took his recommendation for an ebook layout service and contracted them. They said by the end of next week or the beginning of the one after, they’ll have my layout done.
Meanwhile I resubmitted the paperback and found that the revision resulted in some cover bleed. The number of pages changed, so now the cover doesn’t quite fit. No worries. My cover designer (also to be revealed when all the books are ready) said she was more than happy to fix things. It’s just a scaling issue. Her schedule allows her to take care of it next week.
So next week, or maybe the week after, I’ll have a paperback and an ebook with the improved interior up on Amazon. Unless something else comes up.
OTOH, I had a complete surreal moment holding my proof. It’s signed and dated, the first of my fiction to be printed, and it’s on my desk. It’s almost done. I just need some text shrunk, and it will go live on Amazon. Concurrently the ebook should be sent back, and that will go live too. They’re both vastly better than what I could have done myself.
I wrestled with that for a while. Your humble narrator is not rolling in money, and layout is not cheap.
But it’s worth it. The product is just better. And while it’s all well and good to trumpet things aren’t people and we shouldn’t care too much, creating something like this, a book of my words and my ideas, is a reflection of me.