“There’s always a great feeling when you open the padded envelope from your publisher and you hold your new book in your hands for the first time. Then you part the covers and invariably it falls open at a random page, and there, mid-way through paragraph two, you’ve written ‘it’s’ for ‘its’, or spelled arpeggio with one ‘g’. It’s at that stage that you spot the colour plate where captions have been reversed, or worse, duplicated: so that a fine Georgian terrace in Bath is described as ‘A limestone cliff in the Vale of Pewsey’. The inevitable result is depression ( . . .)”
Smashwords, a major worldwide distributor of ebooks, is promoting Cobra Flight at 75% off all this week until Saturday March 10.
So, you can have the book in your reader for just $1.25 US by going to the books page at Smashwords, clicking on the buy button, and entering the discount code RAE75
Please note: This discount is not available for those of you using the Amazon Kindle range of readers. I’m working on a Amazon promotion for you.
And remember, this deep discount is only available until Saturday March 10, 2017,
Although I would like to believe that I have finally killed all of the typographic errors in Cobra Flight, I have a lurking trepidation that they scurry still through the manuscript.
Today, I caught what I believe was the last of them and then started uploading the corrected files to the various book distributors. And of course, nothing in this benighted universe ever seems to work quite right.
After uploading to the likes of Amazon, Kobo, Apple and the many others wouldn’t you know it that I found one last little bastard just as the last of the files were sent.
It took another hour to correct the damn thing and then re-upload everything.
I take solace from what happened when a new edition of the Bible was printed in 1631. It is said to be the most infamous typographic error in history. I don’t need to explain, just have a look at how the Ten Commandments turned out.
These days in journalism there is much complaining about how publishers are firing editors and proofreaders in order to increase profits. And with those complaints come the inevitable moans about how things were much better in the Olde Days.
Well that’s not a new thing. It turns out that after the disaster of the Wicked Bible the Archbishop of Canterbury had this little rant . . .
“I knew the time when great care was had about printing, the Bibles especially, good compositors and the best correctors were gotten being grave and learned men, the paper and the letter rare, and faire every way of the best, but now the paper is nought, the composers boys, and the correctors unlearned.”
Final Note. Sod’s Law dictates that despite my care in writing and the use of a spell checker, there will be a typo in this post.
As I continue to record the audiobook of Cobra Flight I am getting very frustrated with the number of typos, spelling, and other errors that I come across.
This is deeply surprising and distressing for me because although I am a trained editor in my own right I hired an outside pro Copy Editor. I also ran the manuscript past TWO! proofreaders and every bit of grammar and spelling software I could find on the planet.
It is beyond understanding how these errors could remain in the text. It is as though the pesky little devils breed on their own.
Of course I will be republishing a corrected edition, possibly within a week or so.
In the meantime I do apologize to everyone who has bought the book and to those who will buy it before the next edition is out.
I’ve sailed past the halfway point in recording Cobra Flight.
It is hard difficult work but I am greatly aided by one of the best recording engineers in the country, Bob Doble, who is also directing the production.
Here are a couple of photos of the recording setup.
I’ve started recording Cobra Flight with a top flight sound engineer who is doing a marvellous job of making me sound good.
I’d like to say that it should be ready to send to Audible, and other audio book producers at the end of February but scheduling might make us miss the target. In any case, it will take Audible about 10 working days to verify the recording and set up the sales page. So, perhaps a March release?
In the meantime I need to have my cover artist make the audio book cover, which for some reason needs to look like a CD cover (remember CD’s).
If you have trouble finding “Cobra Flight – An Arctic Thriller” in your favourite online store, or you would rather buy in a country closer to home than the United States, then use this link. It will let you choose the store of your choice and take you right to the book.
If you have a preferred store not listed when you click the link, just let me know and I’ll add it.
Note: Amazon supposedly knows which country specific store it should direct you to but will often fail. Just go directly to your own Amazon website and search on Cobra Flight Rick Grant and it will be there.
Why do writers have such difficulty in asking for feedback?
It’s the 12 foot tall fear of this kind of reaction . . .
Thanks to Draft2Digital and Books2Read there is now a much simpler way of buying Cobra Flight from just about any ebook retailer world wide. By going to this link you will have a choice of which retailer to do business with. This is very useful for readers outside North America who want to use their own currency.
Keep in mind however, that if you use a Kindle then you are pretty well limited to shopping at one of the Amazons. All other retailers offer ePub files which are used by just about every other eReader on the planet.
And by the way, Cobra Flight is not smothered in any kind of Digital Rights Management software (DRM) so as far as I am concerned you can loan your copy, within reason, to friends and family.
If you can, I’d appreciate a review on whichever book selling platform, including GoodReads, Twitter, Facebook etc that appeals to you.
Cobra Flight is being published as I speak.
It is already for sale at Amazon, Apple’s iTunes, and Kobo with most of the other on-line book sellers soon to follow.
It takes a while for the catalogue data on books to filter through the various systems so sometimes the book site’s search doesn’t show it. You can try searching on Rick Grant, or Cobra Flight Rick Grant.
I will post direct links here to all the sales sites when the process is complete.