It’s finally here!
Phoenix is available for order on Amazon! Currently, it’s just the Kindle version, but the print copy is coming very soon. Hopefully, in the next 48 hours.
And yes, there is a story behind that.
So, here I was, thinking that Kindle Direct Publishing was going to be as simple as it looked.
Yeah, I know. Looking back on it, I should have known better.
I uploaded the Kindle version of the manuscript almost a full month ago, before I even set it up for pre-order. I didn’t have the final copy of the art yet, but I did have a sample from the artist, so I decided to use that as a temporary placeholder.
Which I did, and for some still-inexplicable reason, it shows up on the KDP dashboard, but not on Amazon when you search for the book itself.
Either way, it was there and ready to go, and I was getting weekly, and then daily emails from KDP reminding me to be sure that “the final copy of my manuscript was uploaded” before the official release.
The implication being that I could in fact change it BEFORE that point.
So, here I went, five full days before the release day, to upload the final copy of the art and the very prettily formatted interior . . . and it wouldn’t let me. It was locked.
That’s what I said.
It turns out that I can edit the submission AFTER it is released tomorrow.
I have no idea. That makes no sense.
So, everyone who pre-ordered a Kindle copy: I apologize. Having never done this KDP stuff before, I didn’t plan for every contingency, and it came back to bite me in the ass.
I don’t intend to make that mistake again, if that’s any consolation. I can assure you that while the current version of Phoenix may not be very pretty in comparison, it is exactly the same content. As soon as I am able, I will be updating the other version via KDP, and you will receive an automatic update after that.
Or at least, so I have been assured.
If you have any problems with that update, please message me on the blog, and I will do whatever I can to fix it.
And now on to the main event: trying to get the paper copy of the book ready for release.
Between COVID-19 slowing everybody down, and my own inexperience, I was doomed.
It took repeated efforts by me and multiple revisions by the artist (who is awesome, by the way) to get the cover art and the interior text correct so that KDP would take it. First, the “gutters” were insufficient. Then, the trim size was off. Then the front cover lettering was too close to the edge.
Even though I checked their little dotted line guidelines on their stupid little software interface, and the text was COMPLETELY within their stupid little lines. And even though the very professional artist who did both the art and the interior formatting has done it a million times before and knows what he’s doing enough to make it work the first time.
So, after DAYS of effort, when it should have taken about five minutes once the files were available, the paper copy is ready.
Or . . . once it makes it past the Amazon gatekeepers, it will be.
So, unless something ELSE goes very wrong, it shall be available shortly.
Again, I’m very sorry for the very unprofessional delays and backtracks. Like I said, I plead COVID-19 and Inexperience, Your Honor.
So, either way. Enjoy your Kindle copy, and I hope you will come back for the print copy soon!
If you like the book, please leave a review as well.