You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want No, you can't always get what you want You can't always get what you want But if you try sometimes Well you just might find You get what you need
You Can't Always Get What You Want - The Rolling Stones
It's not that easy being green It's Not Easy Being Green - Kermit the Frog
Over the weekend, ID Press got some disappointing news from one of the authors in our first release, Purgatorium.
Turns out that, despite seven sets of eyes, which include the original author, two sets of early editors, and the four of us at ID Press, somehow--and to our utter horror and dismay--a bunch of errors managed to escape detection until the book went to print.
Now, we could offer up all sorts of excuses. We were trying to make a tight deadline. We all have day jobs. The wrong file was used. Whatever. But there's no excuse. We screwed up, plain and simple.
We could also have decided that, hell, we spent a lot of money on the printed books we had ordered for the launch at Bookapalooza this coming Saturday, and try and get some money back. But no.
This is our first release, and it's been a learning experience right from conception two years ago up until today. When someone decides to self-publish a book, the list of decisions is endless. What's the cover image? What's the font going to be on the cover? What about the copy on the back of the book? What font will be used on the inside? What size? How many pages will it be? What are the actual dimensions of the book? And on and on and on...
And there's also learning to manipulate all of these elements into a coherent whole.
But at the heart of that, before all of that, there's the stories themselves. And they not only need to be very good, but they need to be perfect. Error free.
For me personally, when I read something, if I encounter an spelling error, or a grammatical mistake, a misused word, anything that throws a bump into the road of the story, I'm thrown out and I'm annoyed. Your experience may vary, but that's how it is for me and the others at ID Press.
So, with that in mind, there's no way we could move ahead with the planned launch at Bookapalooza this coming weekend.
It wouldn't matter if this was our fifth, or fiftieth, or five hundredth release, errors would not be acceptable. But when it's our first release? No, that makes it all the more important. We only get one chance to make a first impression, and we want it to be the best possible one for not only the authors that generously offered up their stories for this anthology, but also for the readers who will spend their money on our book as well.
So, while every one of us at ID Press is deeply disappointed by this turn of events, we have to look at it as one more learning opportunity. One more mistake that taught us a lesson. And we want the ten authors represented in this anthology to be proud of it. We want them to be able to hold that book up as a standard of good publishing.
Like Kermit said, it's not easy being green. But we're learning, Kermie, we're learning.
This absolutely wasn't what we wanted to happen. Not by a long shot.
But maybe, for the lessons we've learned, we just got what we needed.
Bottom line, while we won't be releasing the book this weekend as planned, but we are working out the wrinkles as well as a new launch date and location. The path between concept and realization was a touch rougher and bumpier that we anticipated, but rest assured, Purgatorium is still coming.