The Masked Queen’s Lament available once again

The Masked Queen's Lament book cover

After a necessary editing run, The Masked Queen’s Lament has returned to Kindle/Kobo ebook retailers and to Amazon in print-on-demand format. I had been casually re-reading through my proof copy and found a critical mass of errors that turned up in the print copy as well, including one puzzling misgendering that ultimately pushed me to decide another editing sweep was warranted; not to catch everything, because self-editing a 128,000+ word document will have its limitations for me, but not to let so much through the editorial sieve.

One major benefit of self-publishing through an easy platform, especially using print-on-demand, is the ability to revise a manuscript and put it up again. Ebook platforms will, as far as I know, let the reader update to the latest ebook edition; it costs nothing to fix the digital reading experience that way.

Things get complicated with print runs and print-on-demand. The “first print run” of The Masked Queen’s Lament consisted of 40 author copies created through Amazon’s print-on-demand service. They print it in the USA, and I live in Canada. Some copies didn’t actually make it across the border without being destroyed, but I got refunds for those, and I believe they were actually the 20 new editions of The Crown Princess’ Voyage I had ordered just in case things sold wildly well at Ad Astra 2018.

Really, that means there is no mass print run here, but the same rule applies: if it’s in print, there’s not much editing I can do. I urged first edition buyers on my FB Author Page and Instagram to turn to page 269 and cross out the simplest yet most offensive error that found its way in, the one that made me decide to yet again sweep the whole manuscript from beginning to end. There are still two spelling errors if you know where to find them, but the most confusing word omissions (i.e. omitting “not” from a sentence that is still grammatically correct without it, yet inverting the intended meaning of the sentence), word inclusions (i.e. artifacts from previous editing runs that should have been erased during a rephrasing but somehow were not), even an outcome in the end of the plot from first draft that I believed I had revised.

All of these things will still be in first-run print copies, but I’ve done my best to get them out of what you can buy from Amazon and Kobo going forward. I am happy to have the book available again.

My will to self-edit future books unassisted is completely broken. Editing has never been one of my favourite activities to begin with, but it is certainly something people paid me to do, to gain a valued role in publications that I value just as much, and to fix some clients’ English in very short documents in return for money that could get me beer or a transit pass. I feel that I did things the way I had to do them, resources being constrained as they are, but I will have to think a lot about how I proceed with future publications.

Anyone who has a paperback copy for the collectability, and also reads Kindle ebooks, should know that this title is subscribed to the Kindle MatchBook program and you should be able to get the Kindle edition free if you own the paperback. You would then get an edited version to read, without paying for another copy, and without me puzzling over the logistics of replacing your already autographed copy. I have never personally used this MatchBook program, so you’ll have to let me know if that’s not how it works.

With much thanks to a friend who assisted in the digital/print-ready PDF formatting of this title, and having to put up with my anxious nagging on Discord and Facebook Messenger, you might know of Athena Wright and can check out her best selling work here.

Important Ebook Link Changes

My first book was launched, using Kickstarter funding, via Matador Books. That was a neat experiment, but for my needs, I may as well do things very close to on-my-own; paperbacks on CreateSpace and ebooks manually put in Kindle and Kobo stores.

I chose to discontinue ebook support via Matador Books early last week, and that means The Gift-Knight’s Quest needed to be added once again to Amazon and Kobo. I have updated the links on that book’s page to reflect the new ebook availability.

This doesn’t mean anything to The Crown Princess’ Voyage which had been my “trial run” for this kind of release.

Another thing I did recently was offer these titles to Bakka Phoenix Books in Toronto. I think they’re still putting them into the system; if not, they’re already there.

One year on: a celebratory ebook sale

Taken by Rachel U Young, Camaraderie Artisan Market

If you’re an ebook lover and have been biding your time, not yet committed to buying a copy of The Gift-Knight’s Quest, this weekend will be the best time. I have arranged to submit $2.99 promotional pricing that goes for the USA and Canada, and 1.99 GBP in the UK. According to my sales helper, this should take effect “late Friday” GMT and last until “late Tuesday” GMT. May 28, 2015 is the quasi-official “publishing date” of the book (though it became available as an ebook March 26, it’s a bit late for that!) so I thought why not put on a sale for the anniversary weekend.

So what I would suggest to folks in North America who are interested in this promotion, is look for the promo price on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, solid days when it should be in effect.

This link will take you to the book’s Amazon US page.

This link will take you to the book’s Amazon CA page.

Other ebook site links such as Nook, Kobo, and iTunes are available on this website, on the book’s subsection.

If you already have the book or ebook and would like to help boost the signal, that would be greatly appreciated. Some time like 3PM on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday might work for Twitter; maybe you know the analytics better than I do. You could share the ebook links, or if you prefer to share any of the visual materials such as book trailers, this is the subsection of the site for images and videos pertaining to TGKQ.

Hopefully, TGKQ will have a happy anniversary, generate some interest, and result in some new reviews. when the review count gets up to 50, Amazon starts automatically helping to boost the signal, so that’s a long term goal. At the moment, I haven’t been able to pass 30 reviews, and I thought it was time to generate some new buzz.