So I’m doubling-down on the Mercy’s Embrace indie republication … and this has meant going on Typo Patrol.
Typo, as in typing? Typing a manuscript?
I am afraid so.
Files and cover art typically remain with the original publisher, so when I reacquired the rights, I was on my own. Really on my own, because my copies of the manuscripts — from 2009 — died along with my ancient PC. No worries, I had a flash drive, right? Um, that particular one cracked apart when my laptop slid onto the floor.
So I was faced with a dilemma. Pay to have the print books converted … or retype the manuscripts myself.
Being cheap (and also crazy), I opted for the latter.
I later discovered that there is software to convert DRM-protected MOBI (Kindle) files into Word. Ha. Of course there is.
Truth to tell, the typing project was extremely worthwhile. Because I had to go through each book word-by-word — no skimming! — I was able to tighten up some things. And you can probably guess what else happened.
That’s right, I fell in love all over again with Elizabeth Elliot, Admiral McGillvary, and the cast of Mercy’s Embrace.
If you haven’t yet read these books, you’re going to love them. Really.
I tell you what, though, I made some stunner typos. Such as …
- “It requires no special skill to drive a horse ass well trained as this.” (ha!)
- “The face is the first to show the effects of age — it grows lank and wrinkled. The nest succumbs next…” (neck)
- “Captain Wentworth … will not help Father. He says that there is no point because he will only bet into debt again.” (get)
- What was most galling was that Belsom Bark itself would one day pass to Ronan. (Park)
- It felt like she had been rattling along dusty reads for a year! (roads)
And more typos are lurking, I just know it. They’ll show up only after I push the “Publish” button.
My biggest news is this: on Saturday, December 2nd — mere days from now, gulp! — Claudine will be hosting a Cover Reveal for the first book, So Rough a Course, at Just Jane 1813.
Later that week comes the eBook launch. (Print book to follow.)
The covers for the 2nd edition are gorgeous. So Rough a Course‘s cover is like a movie still.
I know you want the inside scoop, but I shouldn’t steal Claudine’s thunder. So I’ll give you the teeniest, tiniest peek … >>
Speaking of excitement, our Christmas anthology, A Very Austen Christmas, is still holding the #1 Best Seller spot at Amazon. Clever promotion? Not at all. This ranking is because of loyal readers like you, and we are so very grateful. Who knew that Austen and Romance and Christmas combine so well?
And then there’s that beautiful cover. Worth every cent. Just like the 2nd edition covers for Mercy’s Embrace. You’ll see.