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Final edits received for A Girl in Time

Posted November 28 into A Girl In Time by John Birmingham

I received the edited proof copy of A Girl in Time this arvo. I'll do the final check tomorrow and then send it to bonnie Scotland–I think–for typesetting. (My empire is so vast I cannot keep track of every little outpost).
Not sure how long it'll take to get page proofs back, but there's nothing stopping me from getting e-book samples for my alpha beta crew together and sending them out as soon as possible.
I want to try out a software package called Vellum; a very expensive, very sophisticated program for beautifully formatting e-books. I'm not sure yet that I'll use it for the published copies. We'll see what sort of a job it does on the samples first.
I spent five hours today working on my marketing plan, which feels a little like mainlining raw opium at this point. There's always real anxiety before a book launch, but it's much greater when you're the guy in the rumble seat. I can point to some serious flaws in the release of the Dave Hooper novels —C'mon. Seriously? Christmas Eve?— but any mistakes with Girl will all be down to me. There's no one else to blame.
This sort of thing keeps me awake at night. You wouldn't think that it would, not after having published so many books that I've pretty much lost count of them. But it does. Having a plan and methodically grinding my way through it is the best way of blocking out that ghostly little voice whispering of my doom in the early ours of the morning.
Everybody who has signed up for the book club will be getting emails soon, with nice long samples to enjoy. Haven't decided yet how many chapters I'm going to give away as a teaser, but it could end up being a significant e-book all in its own right.

Some cover samples from the tear sheet. The final art will look very different. These were just a couple of concepts we tried out.

12 Responses to ‘Final edits received for A Girl in Time’

Sparty2 has opinions thus...

Posted November 28
Are you going to effort of getting industry reviews like Kirkus? (and is it worth it?).
I like the rejected covers - and non gender specific, I was never convinced by the Dave covers :-(

John Birmingham would have you know...

Posted November 29
I looked at Kirkus and RT Reviews. They're just too expensive for me at the moment. Maybe as I scale up I'll invest in some.

insomniac is gonna tell you...

Posted November 29
Those jerks should be more than pleased to read your work AND pay you for the privilege

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NBlob mutters...

Posted November 28
I'm very much looking forward to an all new BirmoWorld.

I would have guessed 2 weeks before Xmas, optimised for sleigh distribution models would have been premium timing.

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Rhino puts forth...

Posted November 29
Index finger yoga completed so that I'm completely limber in preparation for FB shares of your release post.

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Turlogh Dubh O'Brien would have you know...

Posted November 29
This one ought to be a hit and I shall do my part in spreading the word of its fame far and wide.

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jl reckons...

Posted November 29
Yeah, there's always a feeling of "hold on to my beer and watch this" at book launch. All of us in the peanut gallery are cheering you on, sir.

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DarrenBloomfield swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted November 29
I liked the swirly cover I saw, I think maybe on ya book-of-the-face page?

Good luck JB. I'd say that it is so good that it'll sell itself, but we both know that's crazy talk.

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John Birmingham has opinions thus...

Posted November 29
Thanks all.

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Dirk ducks in to say...

Posted November 30
You are welcome, go forth to the stars quickly. We wanna have us some WW3.1 style splosions :)

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Bondiboy66 reckons...

Posted November 30
LIKE

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GhostSwirv has opinions thus...

Posted December 2

Why do you leave the bathroom window open so Rhino and Greybeard can alternate over who whispers 'sweet doomsday's' in your ear in the cold grey strands of early morning light?

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