Coming down the home stretch - Walls of Men update
The proof copy arrived yesterday and - as expected - there were a few things that needed to be fixed. The maps seemed grainy, so I both lightened them up (they are monochrome) and I re-rendered them to a higher resolution. This should result in crisper images. Certainly they look better in the electronic format.
Other tasks included listing the maps and completing the table of contents. I made a few final edits to the introduction and the went through making sure the formatting was optimal. The final step will be completing the final version of the index. At that point, it will be ready to publish, but I will wait for a second proof to arrive before taking that step.
I've learned the hard way that patience pays off, particularly in the non-fiction genre. That make sense, because who is going to trust a history book riddled with formatting errors? There's also the value for money aspect. I'm going to charge a decent amount of money for Walls of Men because I've put a great deal of time in on it. It's also more than 360 pages long - the longest book I've ever written. All of which is to say it is going to be priced accordingly.
One thing I want to avoid is the mad scramble to correct errors that marred the launch of Long Live Death. For that reason, I'm going to be extra cautious.
That being said, this is a self-published book, and I hope people won't nit-pick it to death. Anyhow, it will be out soon enough and then I can take a break for a bit.
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