I’ve been getting some feedback on the promo print of Emma’s Story I sent out to friends and family. Most of the ones I heard from pointed out the same few things – which means I really ought to fix them, right?
I’d written here instead of her (once), and there instead of their (also once). In two places I’d double up a word and written it twice in a row.
Then there’s my blessed little sister who’s got an attention to detail that’s out of this world. She sent me a list of over fifty different things I ought to review.
Some of these were obvious mistakes that I and everyone else had missed, and these were easy. Others were related to matters of style and those were more difficult. Do I change something to ensure it’s grammatically correct, or do I leave it as it is because it matches the feel of the story?
For the most part I stuck with what I’d written. Style trumped rigour – if that’s what you call it?
I’m still waiting for comments from one more person who said she had some suggestions, but other than that the content of the book is done. Once I hear back from her and review her suggestions I won’t change the text anymore.
The only other thing that remains is the cover.
That too is being taken care of, and it shouldn’t be too long until I have that sorted as well. Once I do, I’ll set up the print version of the book so that those who want to read on paper can do that.
Then there’s the matter of promotion, but that’s a different beast entirely…
I’m taking part in a giveaway on instafreebie.com. I’ve joined a group giveaway with a bunch of other authors in the hope of getting potential readers to download the free preview of the book, and in doing so also signing themselves up for my mailing list.
The giveaway starts on Wednesday and will run for a little over two weeks. I’ll write another post about it here once it’s begun. I don’t know if the other authors taking part are including full books or if it’s all previews, but I’m going to try and link and share it regardless.
It feels a bit weird to sign up for joining something like that without having a mailing list to share the promotion with. It’s like I’m basically freeloading on the others. I guess in the future I’ll ave to try and pay it forward to someone else who’s just starting out and don’t have a lot of subscribers on their mailing list.