Muirwood apples, revisions, and 2011 Whitney Awards
My home office smells like Muirwood apples right now. One of the great things about living in California is all of the orchards nearby. and a few weeks ago we got a huge box of pears, which the kids promptly devoured. Last week it was Fuji apples which we’ve also been enjoying. Many readers have wondered what Muirwood apples look like or taste like, so now you know. The splotchy ones are best:
I was reading yesterday on Patrick Rothfuss’ blog about the legions of editors and proofreaders that combed through his second book (Wise Man’s Fear) and kept finding and fixing errors before being published. This is the one part of publishing my own novels that I wish I had – legions of proof-readers! Fortunately, I have several very kind and supportive readers who have offered a hand and pointed out typos and mistakes for me. I’m so grateful for the help and even the offers of help.
This month I finished another round of editing the Muirwood Trilogy (both the print books and e-book versions). If you have one of the original 50 copies – you might want to hold onto them as a collector’s item. If you’ve bought an e-book version and would like a free update with the typos fixed, just let me know and I’ll send it to you. Fixing the e-book versions is by far the easiest to do thanks to Smashwords. One site, upload the edits, and it takes about 2-5 days to propagate to all the channels. Fixing the physical books is another story. Thankfully, Createspace didn’t charge me for the edits this time. It took longer than I thought it would take and the books went off-line for a few weeks, but they are all back on Amazon again with the corrections. Of course, there will be more errors not caught – and I welcome it if you let me know where you found one so I can fix it for the next rev. That is one advantage of the digital age.
Last but not least, I was notified on August 25th that all three books in the Muirwood Trilogy received enough nominations to be considered for the 2011 Whitney Awards. Thank you for voting! There is a panel of judges who will read the nominees and then cull the list down before the final votes are cast. I’m excited just to be nominated.
Oh, and one more thing – I’m working on another Youtube video – a book trailer for Wretched. Seems like book trailers are all the rage these days. I’ll post the link when I finish it.