The Results of the Proofing

We proofed my mothers book, and we found issues. Very small ones, but enough that the book had to be resubmitted to Amazon. The issues were as follows: The table of contents had incorrect page numbers. This was true across the board. Every single page number after the first one was wrong, and by an increasing number. There was a closing quote without an opening quote on one page. A single URL was in braces, but none of the others were.

That was it, all three issues were fixed in under five minutes, using only the PDF editor. I will have to make changes to the source files as well, because for future versions we don’t want those issues over again.

So, an easy fix right? Here’s the thing: Createspace needs a new PDF for that, so they start their internal review process again. That takes 12-24 hours typically. I expect to get approval this time, since I didn’t change anything else.

Then I have to order another proof copy, which costs seven dollars and change. No big deal, but I have to pay shipping on it again, which is from under ten bucks for standard shipping, to twenty some dollars for priority shipping. Once that’s done I have to approve the book. Now, I already know that I am approving it. It’s the exact same file, with some numbers changed on one page, a quotation mark removed on another page, and a pair of braces removed on a third page. That’s it. Everything else is identical. No pages were moved, hell, no content reflowed, at all.

In other words, I’m taking the slow shipping option and approving before I receive the book, because I don’t want to have to wait, and I don’t want to have to pay extra.

Once again, Createspace is incredibly rigid in their way of doing things, and once again it irritates the crap out of me.

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