The AudioBook of Cobra Flight is Now Available

It has taken longer than I expected but finally the audiobook of Cobra Flight is now for sale at audible, and in the various amazons worldwide.

So now there is a choice of ebook, paperback, and audiobook for you to choose from.

If  you don’t have a monthly subscription to audible.com for a free book each month you can get a Trial Membership for one month which will allow you to get Cobra Flight for nothing.

Here is the link to the amazon.com listing.

Paperback Edition of Cobra Flight is Out!

It has taken a while and the delay was entirely my own fault.

But, Cobra Flight is now out in a handsome paperback volume through Amazon. I wasn’t going to bother with doing a physical edition, but so many people said they wanted a “real book” and were willing to pay the much higher price that I went ahead with the project.

It does look good, in my opinion.

This is the Canadian Amazon version;

and this is Amazon.com.

If it hasn’t already, it will soon be appearing of all of the Amazons around the world

 

Commas and Typos – Redux

I hope that this is the last time I have to write about typographic errors, but quite frankly I doubt that I will ever be free of the chore. They breed like wild boars in a forest and forever root around in all of the text like it is swill in a trench.

But, it may be the last time I have to write about them in context to Cobra Flight.

If you click on the Categories list in the sidebar and then on Writing-Skills you will find several entries about my unfortunate experiences with typos in publishing the book. One entry in particular has an unfortunate and premature title .

As I neared the end of doing the voicing of Cobra Flight for the audiobook I resolved to send the manuscript yet again to a proof-reader before I shipped it off to be turned into a paperback.

I was, however, quite confident that I had nailed every one of the little bastards and doing another proofread would be for reassurance only.

Now, keep in mind that the manuscript had been through my own, not inconsiderable editing skills, a professional copy-editor, and two experienced proofreaders. In addition, just about every piece of grammar checking software I could find had been let loose. And then in the recording phase I had found what I believed were the remaining bastards.

So, imagine by chagrin, shock, and anger, when it came back to me with 1,062 errors flagged in MSWord Tracking.

That was a staggering number of errors and I was ready to just drive an oaken stake through the black heart of the book and walk away.

But, on closer inspection I saw what had gone on.

You have to understand that there are two approaches to writing and those approaches affect how words are edited, and how they are handled.

Formal prose is the sort of thing one would find in a weighty non-fiction treatise. The other approach is focused on clarity of communication and is suited more for things like novels than 15 thousand word New Yorker Magazine essays.

My third proofreader was very much from the world of Correct Grammar and the precise use of punctuation. My two other proofreaders were the other way, as well as being blind of course.

I write, or I try to write, very much as how an itinerant story teller would spin yarns and myths around the fires of the Golden Horde as they swept out of Asia to massacre Europe; the way people tell each other ghost stories late at night around the fire at the weekend cottage. It is the way that good radio and television personalities reach out and grab listeners by the ears so they cannot pull away from the story.

Unfortunately, the people who write grammar books, who make up rules about punctuation, who use strict language usage rules to establish power over others, never seem to read novels, so they miss the point.

My writing bible is the Chicago Manual of Style. While there are other style guides out there, none are as comprehensive and so widely accepted.

No one ever got tossed into the grammar dungeons for following the guides in the CMOS.

But, one needs to keep one’s head when reading it.

The section on comma usage is 16 pages long and contains something like 35 sections about this or that and whatever involving commas. All worthy stuff if you are editing for the New Yorker, but a sticky tar pool of disaster for the novel writer.

The authors of the CMOS recognize this and make a crucial point, which seems to escape the understanding of pendants.

This is how the editors introduce the comma section.

Section 6.16

“ … it usually denotes a slight pause. … Effective use of the comma involves good judgment , with ease of reading the end in view.” (My emphasis)

Let’s just scoot over to end of the chase where we cut them off at the pass.

I did a bunch of spot checks in the list of suggested changes and then decided I didn’t have enough time to see where I might have misused a comma. Instead, I hit Accept All Changes and accepted the fact that while I would never have sprinkled commas around the way this proofreader thought proper, no one was ever going to come after me for being pedantic, whereas they would if their beady little nazi eyes spotted a Rick Grant induced comma error.

I’ve mentioned this before in context to typos, but Sod’s Law, requires there to be typos in this post as well as the microscopically checked Cobra Flight, so don’t complain.

Cobra Flight – Audio and Paperback Update

It has taken me a lot longer than I would have liked but I should be sending Cobra Flight off to be turned into a paperback and an audiobook with 10 days.

Then it will be a matter of waiting for the publishers to provide the final versions.

In the meantime, here are the covers of the audiobook and paperback

The audiobook cover for Cobra Flight
Audiobook Cover
Cobra paperback Book Cover
Cobra paperback Book Cover

Finally, 75% Off Cobra Flight for Kindle Owners

Cobra Flight will be 75% Off at Amazon for all of you who use Kindle eBook readers. It will remain at $1.25 US until late Sunday March 11 when it will revert.

This, and the earlier announced sale of 75% Off at Smashwords for those who use Kobo, Nook, and just about all non-Amazon Kindle readers, is partial penance for having inflicted a first edition on the world with typographical errors.

If you want the details of that horrid little episode just read back a few entries.

The link to the ePub (Kobo, Nook, etc) version —  Smashwords

I Am Not Alone — Damned Typos

Ever since I talked here about my ongoing fight against typographic errors in Cobra Flight I’ve been pointed to numerous examples of similar things happening to major writers at major publishers.
 
Case in point is Francis Pryor, a preeminent archaeologist and prolific writer talking about his latest book “Paths to the Past: Encounters with Britain’s Hidden Landscapes” published by Penguin.
 
Here is what he had to say on his blog today . . .
 
“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 ( . . .)”
 
So, I am not alone.

Cobra Flight 75% Off! at Smashwords

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,

The Never Ending Typo Hunt Comes to an End

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.

For printing this version of the Bible in 1631 the publishers got hit with a gigantic monetary fine. There are 10 copies extant and they are worth a vast sum of money.

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.

 

The Scourge of Typographic Errors

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.