Warren Beatty says of directing that you never finish a movie, you just let it go.
I’m starting to feel that the same must be true of self-publishing a book.
At what point do you look at your proof copy and say, “good enough!”?
I’m very frustrated today. There were glitches in the eBook that had to be fixed by my layout artist and after not hearing from him for two days, I just found out that he’s been in the hospital with food poisoning. He has my heartfelt wishes for a speedy recovery. He assures me that he’ll be back in the game tomorrow, and he’s so good and fast that I have no doubt he will be.
Now, with the latest proof copy from CreateSpace, I am disappointed to see that the print still appears light on the page, almost gray. CS has done an investigation into this, and determined that it is printing at 100% black, but because of the font, it isn’t as heavy when printed on paper. Changing the font would be like a page-one rewrite of the layout (which I love), so I don’t want to do that, and the book is perfectly readable, but it bums me out a little. Could this make a difference to readers? I don’t know.
I’ve gone back to the layout artist (in his food-poisoned haze) and inquired if the font can be made heavier without changing the spacing on the page, so we’ll see what he comes back with. Fingers crossed that something can be done.
If not, I have to make a tough decision. I’ve already started marketing the book through several personal and professional channels, with the intent that it be available this week, but (sigh…) that is probably not going to happen. Maybe I have to accept that perfection is not in the realm of mankind, and, Like Mr. Beatty and his movies, let it go.
There is a section in the book about being right vs. being happy. Now I have to choose between being perfect and being published. If you’ve been down this road, let me know what you chose, and how it worked out. Thanks!