Cover Saga, Part 3

I’ve been in an ongoing process of getting my book, Deadly Troubadours, printed. Recently I shared how the cover was finalized and then how the cover was misprinted. To compare this to Star Wars, because all things relate to Star Wars, the last post was my Empire Strikes Back. A down ending. Unsure of how things will turn out, but still hopeful. Now comes the followup.

Rika, my wife and cover artist (whose art can be seen here although much of the text is Japanese,) wrote a strongly worded email to the printer. Her goal was to be firm, matter of fact, and leave them no wiggle room as to what the proper course of action should be. I’m not going to lie. I read the email and was instantly thankful that I seldom make her that angry. Just a little angry.

The email did the trick. We received both a written response and a phone call to assure us that they would be doing a new print run as soon as possible and that they were very apologetic for the error. And of course, the 300 copies that we already received are ours to do with as we please.

The best thing about having this resolved is that it really lets me appreciate the quality of the book. It really is pretty. I’m glad we went for the higher paper grade (90kg I think) and and for the color cover lining. The A5 size is really comfortable in the hand. Plus, the gutter margin is spaced so that it is easy to read even in the middle of the book.

From the beginning I wanted this edition to be superior to Amazon’s Createspace. Not to knock Createspace, because I do intend to use that service as well, but because if someone from countries that have Createspace as an option elects to purchase this edition, and with shipping pay double, I want their to be a jump in quality. Seeing, and feeling, this book in person and comparing it to some of the Createspace books I own, I feel comfortable boasting about this edition’s quality being superior.

So, the Cover Saga is almost to a close. Currently it sits with my getting a total of 600 books for the price of 300 (although half are misses). Still, I don’t want to get my hopes up too high until the new batch comes in and I can verify that they are pretty. But at this stage I am very hopeful.


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