I made my final-final upload to CreateSpace just before midnight on May 11th.
What began as proof reading on the two previous “proofs” morphed into extensive editing. So they were actually new drafts, and of course the editing process itself left all sorts of additional debris. What I should have done was to proofread again after the editing was finished.
For this final-final proof, editing didn’t come into it. It was truly proof read.
And then I proofed it again, just to make sure.
And now I am sure that this is “it.”
When the final-final book-book proof arrives, I expect it will receive near immediate approval.
The only editorial change in this final-final version is the inclusion of a dramatis personæ page. This is something I’d been meaning to do since the second draft but never quite got around to. Although unnecessary for most books, I expect it might be very helpful for Inconstant Moon due to the size of the cast of characters. Most novels have a single protagonist, but the way it worked out, Inconstant Moon has an ensemble cast.
Because the story deals with a brutal attack of a student, the story is told through several overlapping groups of students.
My assumption going in was that one of the characters would emerge as the protagonist. What happened instead was that the characters balanced themselves out far more evenly than I had envisaged, emphatically turning it into an ensemble novel.
[I’m learning that there are categories for everything.]
My Inconstant Moon ensemble has rather more characters than Amy Tan has in The Joy Luck Club, or Meg Waite Clayton has in “The Four Ms. Bradwells.” And I’m pretty sure I have even more characters than Ed McBain has in his 87th Precinct series.
And although the serialization blog will have character pages, those who prefer to hold a physical book will benefit from having the cast list accessible on the printed page.
I’ve been told that standard practice is to release the ebook first, then the book-book. And I have no idea if anyone else (besides Cory Doctorow) does online serializations. The theory goes that drawing the process out over time allows time for buzz to build, as well as providing fodder for things to talk about online. [Like that’s ever been my problem!] And besides, I’ve been talking about Inconstant Moon online for so long that it’s high time for me to shut up and let the readers decide.
CreateSpace estimates the final proof copy should be in my hand by May 26th, 2011. And I anticipate making a near immediate approval. (To be doubly certain, I proofed it twice.)
This gives me time to get my serialization blog theme ready to go.
I’m going to launch it all at once.
The serialization will begin when both the book-book and the e-book versions
are available. There won’t be a book trailer until I find time to master Linux editing software. Nor have I looked into any of the other online marketing strategies.
Unfortunately, the interesting times we’re living in have provided a bit too much distraction, so I’m not as organized as I should be. Maybe next time.
Once Inconstant Moon is in hand I can get back to work on my second novel,
which I expect to publish by October.
I’ll know what I’m doing by then.