Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Tale of Frustration

As you all now know, I'm getting ready to release my novel, Lifeboat in May.

If you have not self-published a novel, you are likely not aware of all the behind the scenes work that goes into such an endeavor. You know about some of the fun stuff, like preparing the cover because I told you about that a few days ago. 

Other things that have to be done include marketing. I've created a book trailer, which was also fun for me. But I'll tell you more about that when I debut the trailer here in a week or two.

I also decided to get business cards made up with my book cover on one side and the blurb on the other. I thought this would be a fabulous marketing tool. I could hand them out to everyone I meet. The blurb side would also have my contact details. 

I spend quite of bit of time designing these cards to be perfect. The cover didn't fit properly so I had to play with it quite a bit. I ended up putting a border on it so that it would look good. That turned out pretty well. 

Then I spent even longer on the blurb side, laying out the wording, adjusting font sizes and layouts. I worked on it forever. 

I worked up a proof. Found a typo. Fixed the typo. Found another. Fixed it too. Read it over a gazillion times. And then I hit "order". 

I was sooooo excited. They were going to be so perfect! I could not wait for them to arrive. I've been on pins and needles since I got the email telling me they were shipped last week.

My cards arrived in the mail this morning. They are so beautiful. I gazed at them lovingly. 

Showed them to my husband. He said "looks good", indulging me. I couldn't stop looking at them. I read the blurb over and over again and admired the image of the cover. I was riding high.

My father-in-law came over this morning and I excitedly showed them to him. 

He said "That should say lost not lot." 

What? Where?

Oh crap. My beautiful, gorgeous business cards have a TYPO still. After all my hard work, still a typo. I'm so frustrated I could cry.

It's a good thing my book, unlike my cards, is being edited by a professional. Ugh.

Have you ever worked really hard on something only to have it come out wrong? Please tell me about it to make me feel a little better about my mistake.

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