Listening to: Anime Reviews
Reading: Sheer Power
Playing: Pokemon X
I hope no one feels like I am spamming you with Sheer Power stuff. It's kinda the biggest thing going on right now. Seeing how I have new artwork coming up soon, it's not going to stop for a bit.
If you haven't heard, I published Sheer Power through Amazon and promptly purchased myself a hard copy of it. I've often seen authors online say that first thing they would see when they opened up a new book they just published was some sort of mistake. I was honestly anticipating the same thing, and I was right! Right as I was looking over the prologue, I see a "they" when I meant "the." Typo time!
I decided to go through the book, (which I may have done anyway,) and look for any other errors. I did find several of them. I didn't keep track so I don't have a number or anything. I just know there were more than a few but I don't feel like there were a TON. Just more than there should have been. Less than one a chapter on average though, I can say that.
While going through it, when I found something needing fixing, I would go over to my iPad where I keep the file and update it right away so I wouldn't lose track of it. After going through the whole thing, I uploaded the file again to Amazon and so now the corrected version is what will be available for purchase.
Something people have asked is how many have already sold, and the answer is I don't know. I'm sure Amazon will have to send me some sort of report at some point as they have to give me my royalties. I don't know how often they do that. They've only been on sale for two weeks as of tomorrow, so I don't think it's that unusual that I haven't heard yet. I'll find out when I find out.
Printed copies ordered before the fixes will obviously still have the errors. Nothing to do about that. What I wasn't sure about was the digital ones as it seems like it should be easy to fix them. But from what I've read from the Amazon site is that they don't update either. Once you purchase it, that's the version you get. Anyone who purchases it after the fixes are uploaded will see the corrected version.
So now I feel really guilty about it!!
People I've talked to have said not to worry about it as they find errors in books all the time. Someone even said that makes their versions more "valuable" as they have the originals. But I still feel bad about it. I worked hard trying to put out the best product I could, asked people to pay for it, and then it ended up being flawed.
It's not as if I didn't proofread it before it went up. Quite the opposite. I've had this book of Sheer Power written for quite some time. Most of it for a few years now. There are only a few chapters that were more recent. The only reason besides those few chapters that it didn't get published sooner was because I had it I my head where I had wanted to end the book but that point just kept getting further and further away until I was able to convince myself it needed to be cut. For context, after I decided to cut it, basically left me still with enough material for a Book 2.
Periodically, I read through what I've already written to check for errors or anything that should be changed or tweaked. I would find things that needed fixing and fix them. I've read through the book several times to do this. Usually I would find something with each read through. Unfortunately, I think because I read it so many times and I knew what it was SUPPOSED to say, I still missed things. I am human after all.
I have a group I put together to give me feedback and to help with proof reading, but when I have them on a volunteer basis only, there isn't a lot I can do to FORCE them to read it. They have their own lives and things they need to do. Until recently, they didn't even have any deadline to worry about as I never actually did anything with my work I showed them. So whenever someone would read through it and would find something to fix, I'd fix that too. I was proofreading it, others were proofreading it, but some things still got missed and I feel bad about it. And I don't blame them, of course. I can't expect them to find every little thing when they are just reading in their free time. I'm the one who made and missed the mistakes.
I guess what I'm trying to say is I feel like I had done everything I could to make it the best product possible, but mistakes still happened with it. Do I feel bad? Yes. Do I think I should? I dunno, sort of. I hate beating myself up over it when the worst thing that was in there was I said a character had blue eyes and then ten pages later they had brown. I do hate that people could have potentially ended up with the errors and I can't fix them for them. My only hope is that it didn't ruin anyone's enjoyment of the story.
I'm actually pretty sure if I read through it again, it would be entirely possible that I missed something else. I probably will read through it again at some point, but I'm taking a break from it for now. I gotta move on to making sure the same thing doesn't happen with Book 2. I've learned that having a paper copy seems to help, so I might utilize that next time.
I know my explanation doesn't exactly fix or excuse how I sold something with typos, but I just hope that if by chance you did get that version that you don't hate me. I apologize. I am going to try much harder for you in the future, I promise!
All fixes are live, by the way. So if you haven't purchased your copy of Sheer Power yet, now's the time as you'll get the corrected version. I don't know if it's 100% error free... but it's much closer at least.