It’s A Wrap

memory cover

This post is a continuation of Monday’s and is about creating and publishing a book using Amazon’s CreateSpace. All things considered, it was a delightful experience despite our several challenges. What made the process more pleasant and doable was the customer service we received from CreateSpace.

I’ll share more on the exceptional cadre of young men and women who guided us, but for today, my goal is to wrap up the telling of our experience so that I can move on to the book itself: why we did it and why you should and could do it too.

After our marathon day of reading, editing, and correcting, we took a two-day break and met again. This time the number of proofers had fallen to three, mainly because we were confident that we had this thing in the bag. How naïve we were! We three actually thought we were practically done.

As we proofed and revised that afternoon, we found several tiny but significant errors that had to be corrected. For example, I had put the wrong verse for a scripture in Hebrews, and if Doug hadn’t caught it, a reader might have gone to the source and discovered something entirely different. At last we adjourned, and Kathryn and I set a time to meet the next day—and then the next and the next.

Towards the end of the week (it’s all a blur now), we thought, “It’s a wrap.” Gleefully, we uploaded the manuscript to CreateSpace, and all was going smoothly until we came to the cover step. Since our cover was in three PDF files instead of one, our cover wouldn’t work—no way, no how. Our cover creator was in Chicago, so we tossed around some ideas and then decided to call it quits for the evening.

The next morning appeared, bright and beautiful and crisp, and our enthusiasm waxed strong. At long last, we uploaded a fine cover to accompany the anthology and pushed the magic button, the one that sets a manuscript on its way to publication. After 24 hours we learned that the document had met the publication standards, and Kathryn ordered copies for an upcoming SCWW conference and for our group members.

Many of us received our copies yesterday, and we LOVE them. Yes, there are a few niggling issues, but they are all easy to fix. The cover photo looks too pixelated, should is written twice on the back cover (should should), and a few places need to be bolded. None of these errors are huge, but since we want our book to be one that everyone who reads it will enjoy, we’re going to correct everything next week.

About those corrections, one of the many things I like about self-publishing is that the author can revise and re-upload as many times as her heart desires. While that might seem like a hassle to some people, my writer friends and I feel that it’s preferable to having obvious errors. I’m not saying Serving Up Memory will be absolutely perfect this time next week, but I am saying that it will meet our tough standards.

My next post will be about the motive for writing this book and the reasons why you should consider writing one too.

About jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer
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5 Responses to It’s A Wrap

  1. Fred Deaton says:

    Received my copy in the mail yesterday and have really enjoyed the small amount I have had time to read!


    • jayne bowers says:

      Thank you, Fred! As I mentioned on Facebook, we were premature in thinking that version was IT, and after realizing our errors, we’re calling it a proof. AND we’re giving the new, improved, and better edition to all who have purchased the first edition. All I’ll need is your address.

      And by the way, a couple of us have talked about your comments on good old Camden and are hoping you’ll contribute to next year’s book.


      • fred deaton says:

        I would love to be able to contribute something! Keep me informed and I’ll be searching my rapidly aging memory for something interesting!

        Fred Deaton
        211 Scott Branch Rd.
        New Hope, Al.


      • jayne bowers says:

        I looked everywhere for your address last week–everywhere but here! Thanks Fred–for ordering a book and for offering to contribute next time around. For starters, I know without a shadow of a doubt that you have some arresting photographs of our home town.


      • g2-fd764a8956b864806ab4d338df40eaa7 says:

        I received the new book in the mail today, but you really didn’t have to do that. Having said that I do like the photograph on this book much better. Is there some story about why this photograph was chosen?


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