Back in August, I awarded myself the Dumbass Award. Click here to read that blog. I had managed to disable my central air conditioning in the middle of August in Texas and decided that was about the dumbest thing I could remember doing.
Never let it be said that I’m not competitive. I think I outdid myself recently. As I announced awhile back, I’ve changed all the titles of my Fancy series novellas to make them more recognizable as a series. For instance, the original title of Vol 5 of that series didn’t even contain the word “Fancy.” How confusing was that?
The changes were minor. The introductory volume, previously called Fancy, is now titled Fancy Vol 1. Changes in the others were similarly small. Making the changes was a relatively simple matter—just submit the new covers and new text with the new title reflected.
As far as I knew, everything was just fine. All were accepted by the respective websites. Good to go.
Then, I ordered 20 copies of vol 1 to take to a book signing event, and I received 20 copies of vol 2 instead. I called CreateSpace, and they apologized and agreed to resend the order. Again, I received 20 copies of vol 2. Another phone call, and again they agreed to send the proper books.
For the third time, I received 20 copies of vol 2. I now had 60 copies of the wrong book. Livid, I called CreateSpace once again, this time asking to speak to a manager. When he came on the line, rather than quickly agree to send new books, he said he would look into why this kept happening.
It turned out they had the cover for vol 2 attached to the interior of vol 1. I looked at the ones I’d been receiving, and, sure enough, they really were vol 1. They just had the wrong cover. The man told me to resubmit the cover and they’d replace the order once again.
When I tried to open the cover in Adobe to be sure I had the right one, I got a message that the file was corrupted. I couldn’t open it, so I still couldn’t tell whether I’d sent them the correct cover and they’d screwed it up somehow or I’d actually sent them the wrong cover. I got in touch with my cover artist, and he sent me a new, uncorrupted file, which I then submitted to CreateSpace.
Unfortunately, anytime you change anything about a book with CreateSpace, they take it back through their entire examination process. I still don’t have the book with the proper cover on it. Hopefully, it will be approved in time to get the books to me for the book signing event.
Meanwhile, I’m left scratching my head over how this could have happened. Am I the dumbest author in the history of self-publishing, or is all of this their fault? I don’t suppose I’ll ever have the answer to that one.
Meanwhile, I’ve got 60 copies of a book I can’t sell or even give away publicly. I can give a few to personal friends, but what about the rest of them. My wife has already told me they’re not going to sit around our house for the next millennium. We don’t use our fireplace, so I can’t use them for that. Anybody need some paper for starting fires?
Speaking of Fancy Vol 1, as I recently announced, the e-versions are available on Smashwords for free. Click here to download your free copy.
By the way, in case you missed it, Susie Lindau posted another of her “Use Me and Abuse Me” days yesterday. Click here to see her blog. Read it and leave a comment with a link to a favorite blog of your own. And while you’re there, check out some of the other blogs listed in other people’s comments.
Hey, I’m getting tired of being the dumbest author around. Tell us about some move you made which turned out to be somewhat less than brilliant. Inquiring minds want to know.
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