My proof copy of the print version of THE SHADOW OF ASAK arrived today and it looks good. My immediate concern is always whether the graphics printed properly — which they did. I’ll read through to make sure there are no problems otherwise.
So it looks like I could ‘release’ the book anytime but I will hold the official date to March First. That gives me loads of time to get it on my own Arachis Press website and do a little more promotion. It is, however, already for sale at the AP page at Lulu, in print, PDF, and EPUB.
The best thing about a print on demand model – aside from the low initial cost – is that revisions are very easy. If I find anything wrong in the book I can upload a new version and have it available pretty much immediately. The only lag is the EPUB versions for Apple and Barnes & Noble, which have to be approved. I don’t care that much whether my books show up in those stores anyway, to be honest.
And, as always, I do not use Amazon.
I do need to get to revise all my older titles eventually. There are always problems one finds, if only typos. Also, I should get my pricing more consistent, especially since Apple rounds it up to the nearest 99 cents! That will be the first task, I think.
In only slightly related news, I have concluded that official Face Book ‘Pages’ for my various endeavors are not very useful. Better to have blogs and/or sites that I can link to from my profile, for the most part. I have already dropped ‘Que Linda Music’ and ‘The Poetry of Stephen Brooke,’ and may delete ‘Insolent Lad Media’ as well.
I will, however, keep my page as a musician (hoping that I will actually play again someday), the ‘Arachis Press’ page, and the one for ‘Peanut Road’ (which is somewhat all-encompassing).