When my copy arrived, I was immediately smitten. It looked great. The cover was perfect, the font was crisp and clean, and I was ready to share it with the world. I sat down that very night to search through the book for passages to read at book signings. It didn’t take long before my stomach was churning and my heart was beating out of my chest: half of the book was missing!
Even though I asked my editor to check the manuscript three different times for forgotten sections, somehow over half the book never made it to the final copy. Needless to say, I was outraged, mortified, and well, incredibly sad.
Mostly, of course, because I let my readers down, but also because two of the most important chapters of the book–the ones about Nicholas and Samantha–were missing.
I scrambled to take Two-Week Wait down from Amazon and stop all sales. I immediately let the readers I could contact know what had happened and promised a corrected copy as soon as I could order them. I then added the missing sections and resubmitted the manuscript to Amazon.
Within minutes after submission, I realized that the original cover would have to be changed because it was now too big for the new book. I got up at 3 am and uploaded the new cover, waiting for Amazon’s approval.
Then, around 6 am, Amazon sent me an email saying that my book had been plagiarized. The insisted that I prove that my book was written by me and that I had the rights to publish it. I scrambled to find proof and was able to convince them rather quickly that the words were my own.
In that 12-hour period, I had gone from the low of needing to take my book down to the high of it being re-published to the low of the cover being wrong to the high of it being fixed to the low of being accused of plagiarism to the high of it finally being right.
Now, I wait, once again for the final proof to come in. I had no idea that publishing the actual book would be HARDER than writing it!
Thank you so much, loyal readers and good friends for standing by me through all of this. I will make it right. I hope the book is worth the chaos.
I launched Two-Week Wait: Motherhood Lost and Found on Saturday, February 19, 2015 to good effect. I was getting regular downloads and excited feedback, and then…
Last night I was combing through the pages of the hard copy to find passages to read at my upcoming reading when I discovered that nearly half of the book was missing. Some of the richest entries, including those about my daughter and son, Nicholas, just never made it to the final edition that was for sale.
I could not sleep. I frantically scrambled through the manuscript to find the missing pieces. I was stunned. I had paid an editor quite a bit of money to avoid major errors like this one, and here I am with a mess on my hands.
The book is just fine without those readings, but I think it is a pale representation of what it could be.
What’s a writer to do?
Well, the first thing this writer did was rage. Rage against the dying of the book!
After I gathered my strength, I put a call out to all of my wonderful support groups, and I developed a plan of action:
1. Take the print version down from Amazon.
2. Leave the e-version up because readers will be updated with the new version as soon as I make the changes.
3. Make the changes.
4. Remind myself to never launch a book during the semester. Like, never.
5. Upload the changes.
6. Send free copies of the new paperback book to my devoted fans.
There are many lessons to be learned in this publishing process. I know that is WHY I am doing this, but, well, this sucks.
Every day some new aspect of the book gets finished. I am hoping for a book launch at the end of March. I am waiting on a bit more work to be done on formatting. Once it is in pristine shape, I am sending it off. I cannot wait to hold this book in my hands for the first time!
Just looking at the cover is surreal. Wow. Booking Readings now!
If you have signed for my email list, thanks! I really appreciate it. Keep checking your messages, there are a few surprises coming that tie in to the book.
In all of the years I have been writing professionally (12 now!), I have never needed a head shot. Today, I got one! I really want to make a personal connection with all of my readers, so I had a good friend, who is also a photographer, takes some snaps of me to add to my book flaps and website. It was fun. I told her that I wanted to look smart, but kind and wise, but approachable. I guess I will see soon enough if we pulled it off.
My cover for Two Week Wait is coming along nicely. It should be finished in a week. It features my son’s little toes.
Coming soon to this site: The Optimistic Addict blog with guest bloggers and loads of information about food addiction. Stay tuned, and as always, thank you for your support.
I have carved out my own tiny corner of the web for my own site, where I can showcase my latest writing projects and update readers on live and virtual appearances. By far, though, the best part about christinagreer.com is that I finally have a forum where I can offer readers help with their own writing and glimpses into the writing process.
The site will be in perpetual progress, but hopefully in another few weeks it will look more like home.
Thank you for visiting my page. I will you will sign up for email updates, too.