I got the proof for the paper version of my book in the mail today- the proof is the thing you look over to check for errors and make sure everything looks good before ordering the final copies of the book. I was feeling apprehensive about this part of the process- while it’s one thing to publish an ebook, which can be sold for cheap and easily edited (I’ve already fixed a number of typos, yay!) it’s another thing to commit a book to actual paper that was made from a tree that lived in the forest and was then cut down. And ink. And packaging. And shipping. And what if the finished product looks sort of amateurish? What do I know about publishing? Who am I to make a physical book? The only reason I went through with making a paper copy at all is because I owe about 300 signed copies to my crowdfunding backers.
And then today the proof came in the mail, and it looks fucking amazing.
The cover design works perfectly. The interior layout is aesthetically appealing. The spine and the binding look nice. It has an ISBN and a barcode. The cover is matte.
Basically, it’s a book. I made a book. A real book. That looks like any other real book. That you would see in a bookstore.
A handful of people who weren’t part of the crowdfunding campaign for this book back in the day have emailed me asking how they can get a signed copy of the book. I was all, “Sorry but the paper version won’t be available until next winter!” But the book looks much better than I expected, and I realized that since I’m already ordering 300 copies, I might as well order some extras for other people who want a signed copy. So if you’d like a signed paper copy, use the button below. Make sure your paypal shipping address is current. Shipping is included in the price. U.S. orders only please! (for now.) I’m putting in the order on Thursday, so you’ve only got two days. I’ll sign and ship your order out with everyone else’s, and you should receive it the first part of May.
UPDATE: Orders are now closed.