A Crisis for Every Print Run
With Secrets of The Tally, the crisis was planning the Book Launch for August 22nd, while it was still the beginning of the year. Because while my own schedule made perfect sense (Kickstarter in May, print the books in June, receive the books in July, launch the books near the end of August), the real world had other plans for me. (Kickstarter in May, printing starts further into June than planned, books are en route in July but mysteriously held up at sea, books are seized by the port of Seattle in August, not to be released until after the launch party - I just about had to press the nuclear button and rob the warehouse to get the books, all 48 hours before the launch party).
Now it's 2017. New year, new book, new crisis.
Printing Secrets of The Tally was a ton of fun. I sent my files, I got a hardcover proof back, took about a week to read through it and make sure everything looked good, then made a few necessary changes and sent the final digital files back for the full print run. I got pictures back for every step of the process, and it was great.
Now this year?
I sent my proof file in while I had a few people checking for last minute typos, and instead of sending me a proof copy, the company hit the mass-print button. So I have a full print run done and ready for distribution, of the unfinished draft.
Here they are! All done! :)
So what's a girl to do?
I could do a reprint, at almost the same cost at the original print run and double my manufacturing costs.
Or, I could go forward with the version that's been printed already. There are about ten known typos spread throughout four hundred pages - not exactly detrimental to the story, just to my pride I suppose...
So here's my thought. Instead of bankrupting myself over this, I think I'll embrace it. It's just one print run, and it's just the first edition copies that were affected. All further printings (including the paperbacks) will be typo-free. The first editions of Catching Epics will be like those rare pennies everybody looks for with the defects - difficult to come by, but maybe worth something some day.