Final Proof Approved!

This is the first time that I’ve posted multiple posts during a single day, BUT I’ve never had greater news to report to you all! My first post this afternoon revealed that I finally received my final revised proof and it had but one single change that needed to be made. Well…it was made and I approved my final proof just minutes ago!

I was hoping to be able to complete the rest of the setup process but it turns out that there are still a couple of services that I wasn’t thinking about that still need to be taken care of before publication. I tried to find a timetable for these things but came up empty. It surely won’t be too long because even the major stuff has taken less than a week and the remaining items on the to-do-list are relatively minor.

This is it! If you’re ten percent as excited as I am then I’m not sure that you’re able to get through your work or school day. I apologize for that.

More updates to come!

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Final Proof in my Hands

Many of you probably know that there have been some issues regarding my final proof. First I received a proof that contained all of my corrected mistakes still uncorrected. Then I was forced to wait another few days to receive the actual revised proof. Until yesterday. I finally received my final proof and am happy to say that all of my changes were made! Well…except for one. One of the changes made was slightly off from what it was supposed to be.

BUT this means that I’m now inching closer and closer to the release of my book! I’m told that my book will become available for purchase within two business days of my approving the final revised proof. Although I’m not sure if they limit their release dates to Tuesdays like would be expected of traditional publishers.

Anyway, this is absolutely fantastic news! I fully realize that my book will not be for everyone and there will be some who very much dislike the story or writing or a mix of the two, but I don’t care.  A few people have read it and I’ve been dying to have some of you read it.

Are you ready?! I know I am.

Also, I added a couple of paragraphs to my About Me page discussing what I think most helped me become a better writer and how come I my degree is not in something like creative writing. Check it out.

The Journey Begins Again

I mentioned in an earlier post that I would start dividing my posts up into two parts so that you could better distinguish whether I’m talking about my first book, which is done and this entire blog has been dedicated to, or my second book that I’ll be writing in the coming months. Well, this will be the first post that I actually do that.

Divided Within (Andrew Banks #1)

I don’t have much to report regarding my first book. If you read my last post then you know that there was an issue making my changes to my first proof and now I’m just waiting to receive my final one to officially approve and release. I was told that I’d have my final proof within three business days, so that’s either up tomorrow or Tuesday, depending on whether or not they consider Saturday a business day (they work a full day on Saturdays).

There is something wonderful to report, though! My website finally appears in search results! For some odd reason neither Bing nor Google has officially indexed the site, but as long as it appears in search results I’m happy. If you only search “John Guillen” then the site appears on the third page of Google search results, but if you search “John Guillen author” or John Guillen Divided Within” or “John Guillen Andrew Banks” then it appears right near the top of the first page. It’s exciting! So go ahead and check it out.

Andrew Banks Book Two

I had nearly two months of rewriting and finishing up everything for my first book and did not write a single word for my second book. BUT I returned to my beginning ways of spending my Friday nights writing and started and finished my first chapter last Friday. And if you’ve followed my blog for any stretch of time you know that I like to reveal some details about every chapter after I write them.

In the first chapter Andrew is hired by a prominent activist. I don’t yet want to reveal what exactly he is promoting, but I will say that this is my attempt as a writer to discuss social and political issues that are current and relevant today. And it’s something that I personally feel strongly about. Andrew agrees to become the activist’s personal bodyguard and then realizes that his client is a lot more known than he thought.

No more for now!

Also, I’ve been brainstorming titles, but like last time I probably won’t reveal that until the final stages of the book. Perhaps by the end of the year? We’ll see!

The First Bump in the Road

The title of my last post was Some News is Better Than no News. And I suppose I believe that, mostly.

My experience through this whole self publishing process has been quite smooth and easy. But today I woke and checked my email, as I do almost every morning, and had an email telling me that my revised proof was ready for my viewing. You can imagine my excitement. This is one of the final steps before publication. I was so excited that I fell back to sleep. Rather quickly.

When I eventually got around to checking the manuscript I thought I was still asleep because I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. All of the mistakes that I’d corrected had somehow managed to persist within the manuscript. I immediately rechecked the document that I submitted a week ago to make sure that I hadn’t forgotten to save my work before uploading, I hadn’t.

As I said, though, my overall experience up to this point has been pretty great. I have to be honest, though. When I realized what had happened I started yelling at the wall and at my diploma and at my computer. And the language I used was not exactly literary. So I contacted support and told them what happened and pointed out a few of the mistakes for the lady on the phone. She sounded genuinely surprised at what happened and, if my memory serves me right, she even when so far as to say that it was entirely unacceptable. I could be imagining that part, though. I estimated the number of mistakes that I had corrected and she told me that she’d get my proof back to me within three days. So…that would still be within the original timeline that was given to me in the first place. I’m not overjoyed at what happened, but I realize that my book is not the only one that they have to work on. I’ve still written a full length book and it will be released very soon. I’ll live.

And I’m sure some of you have wondered how come I haven’t revealed to you all which company I’m using to publish. It’s because I intend to write a post dedicated to my entire experience with them once everything is finished. So stay tuned for that.

I’m still waiting for my site to be indexed by Google! So do me a little favor and go ahead and visit my website so that their little spiders crawl it sooner rather than later!

Also, I decided to change my theme after almost five months of my previous one, what do you all think of the change? Better? Worse? Indifferent? I like it.

Some News is Better Than no News

I suppose I believe that title. Maybe.

Today I was given the date by which my final proof should be ready. It’s October 24. I would have liked for that date to be a little closer to now, but I said in recent posts that their timelines are generally longer than will actually be needed. So I still fully expect to receive the proof before that date.

I’ve spent the last month and a half working on finalizing everything for my first book and have still yet to begin work on my second. Well ladies and gentlemen, that changes today. I’ll have plenty to do for my first book once it’s released as far as trying to get it into the hands of as many potential readers as possible, but now I think it’s best for me to go ahead and write Andrew Banks another case. I already have the most basic details of the story thought out and I’ll let the others fill themselves in as I continue writing.

My website URL has been sent to Google for indexing, but I’ve read that they can take anywhere from four days to four weeks to actually index it. So my website still doesn’t pop up in search results. I’m working to change that as fast as possible!

Even though it doesn’t yet appear in search results you can still visit it here.

Final Final Final Draft

I posted yesterday that I officially had my proof in my hands for my review. I also mentioned that I had completed my third and final read through of my book. Well…today I uploaded what will ultimately be my final final final draft! Technically I’m still going to get another proof once my changes are made, but I figure that if I keep reading it then there will always be something that I want to change for whatever reason. I can’t imagine any author ever being absolutely satisfied with his or her work. So I won’t read it through once I receive my last proof. I’ll simply be checking to make sure the mistakes I found were corrected.

I was told that my changes would be made within 7-10 business days, which isn’t bad, but I was also told that I’d receive my first proof within 12 days of them beginning work on it. I actually got it in five. So I’m certain that I’ll be approving my final proof sometime next week and my book will become available for purchase by you lovely people! Well, I think the Amazon product page will take a few days to go online, but it’ll be soon!

This is it!

Also, I’ll be launching my website probably in the next day or two so keep an eye out!

I Have my Proof!

I wrote in an earlier post that I was due to receive my proof by next Monday. Well…maybe the length of my book affected the timetable or the formatter is a fast worker, BUT I received it a week early! I must say, I was rather excited to see my lovely manuscript as an actual book. Technically I’ve seen it as a PDF, but it very much resembles a book.

My thoughts are pretty simple. I LOVE IT! I’ve read articles and blog posts about authors just checking the formatting and stuff glancing at the pages, but I decided to read all the way through my book for the third and final time. And I’m glad I did. I remember after reading through the first draft that I had a gazillion mistakes that needed correcting. Mostly typos or very basic grammar errors. The second time through probably cut that number in half. The third time through probably cut it by seventy to eighty percent. I counted out exactly 31 things that need changing upon my final reading. So that you have an idea as to what kind of mistakes I’m talking about an example of one was the mistyping of the word “few” and putting “dew”. I didn’t find any glaring errors that horrified me upon reading.

Also, an probably the best part of my third reading of the book, is that I experienced all of the emotions that I hope my readers will upon reading the book. Even when I knew exactly what would happen and when. My book may not sell a ton of copies and it may not be the best written piece of fiction ever, but if my readers can feel something upon their reading of the book then I will be completely happy with everything else.

After all, I’m just trying to tell a story, right?

Take a look at my updated About Me page. It’s a little more revealing than my previous bio.