My book files came back to me a couple of days ago (two beta readers as I like to call them) with highlights of things for me to fix. I have read my book at least 30 times and I was just getting so sick of reading it and they wanted to read it so I figured they could read it early, but I’d love to have bug reports.
So I went through the highlights which weren’t all that major. I missed a few capitalizations and punctuation issues. There were also a few words where I forgot to add a letter, like instead of writing the word “from” I wrote “for”, don’t ask why lol.
As I was getting the paper book put together with all of my corrections made, I noticed a little issue which turned out to be a major issue. There were grey boxes where spaces were supposed to go. It wasn’t everywhere, but it was annoying that there were so many. I was able to delete them as I went, but that didn’t help because it was still messed up.
The paper book got put together and turned in to check for errors, which I’m happy to report weren’t any. I converted the .odt file to epub and was going to publish to Amazon for the Kindle and Barnes & Noble for the Nook. It looked great on the Nook, but the Kindle wasn’t doing so good. Here is what I was seeing…
You see the top paragraph? It’s not exactly a paragraph is it? That was what happened because of the square boxes. Also look at the other paragraphs, they weren’t indented, except for the last one. I went into Sigil to look at the html code of the chapters and this is what I saw.
That is supposed to be a little paragraph. Those <.span.> things were out of control. That is what was causing the text to move down. So the only way for this to work is to cut all that crap out. I tried to do find and replace, but unfortunately each one of those lines has its own number so it’s not like I can replace all of them throughout the entire document, they have to be deleted one at a time. ANNOYING!
I worked for 8 hours to get rid of them and then discovered that if I converted the file to .html, it got rid of all that. So that was a waste of time, but it was a learning experience.
I fixed all of the capitalization and punctuation issues, but I have a feeling I am still missing something so I’m going to have to read the whole thing again. It sucks but I don’t want to publish a book that isn’t right.
I said I would get it published by January 1st and here we are nearing February and it still isn’t ready to publish. I don’t know how long it will take but I will get it out there eventually.