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Ooops, broke it! - bowen_t_hunter
Ooops, broke it!
*I'll tell you what,* I thought,*I've cracked the 100 barrier...I said that when I sold 100 books I would call myself an author. And I have. So...what I will do is, I will set Trucking Hell up with an ISBN and sell it via Amazon and such. Yes! What could be easier?*

Well, slamming a revolving door, for a start.

See, to do the *Published by Lulu* thing, which gets you an ISBN, you have to re-do the entire book...which is fine, as it meant I cold use the very final update and edit, so it is really polished (Thanks Suzi, Random, Kim et al who did the final proofread)

And, having got the files up, the book size (and price) down[1], and Lulu having given me an ISBN...it crashed. Spectacularly splattering files over seven dimensions, none of which I occupied.[2]

Luckily I had kept back-up files.

Upload. *Crash!* Nooooooooooooo!

It took me five attempts. FIVE! Every time it tried to set a *Shop* price...*Kaboom!*

So...finally...just after midnight, Bowen T Hunter managed to get Trucking Hell on Lulu

Which means that the first ten people to buy it have a remarkable rare pre-okay copy, but it is, I hope, of the same standard as the finished article.
Those who buy it after midnight last night will get the final draft (I hope, barring any massively obvious cock-ups), and for that I thank you all.

Best wishes.

Bowen T (now Gaz) Hunter. Author! :) [3]

[1] Only way I could do this, of course, was to set *Writer Revenue* to £0. Needs must, however...the book has to get out there...I've put too much of myself in to it to let it fall on its arse!

[2] At one stage it said *Done* and offered me the chance to download a proof copy. Normally I don't, as I trust Lulu, but this time I did. And boy, am I glad...the opening chapter had every third line reversed, and every single page...every single one, was in a different typeface.

[3] Special, oh so very special. thanks go to Caroline Smailes, my editor, friend, shoulder to cry on, all round good egg, and owner of this website!
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miss_next From: miss_next Date: January 20th, 2009 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
So I have a remarkable rare pre-okay copy? (Um, not that it's arrived yet, but I think it will in the next couple of days.)
kaiserdad From: kaiserdad Date: January 20th, 2009 09:17 am (UTC) (Link)
So do we have to do the Truck Show circuit for a book signing?
ciciaye From: ciciaye Date: January 20th, 2009 11:07 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you going to have some sort of launch meet/party? So those of us (ie lots of people) who've been waiting for it to come out can get it signed and congratulate you in person?

From: khrister Date: January 20th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yay, it doesn't say "unavailable" anymore when I check my order. :-)
From: chriswheeler Date: January 20th, 2009 02:14 pm (UTC) (Link)


I got the e-book versions. My flatmate is angry with you (well me mainly) because my giggling and sobbing is keeping her awake.

bowen_t_hunter From: bowen_t_hunter Date: January 20th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yaaaay!

I hope that YAY means that you
A) got a good copy, and
B) enjoyed it. :)

In which case, please feel free (no, really, PLEASE feel free) to leave a review to that effect on Lulu?

If not, let me know where the problems are, and I will do my utmost, and use most of my ut, to sort it out :)
From: chriswheeler Date: January 20th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Yaaaay!

martinoh From: martinoh Date: January 20th, 2009 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Description: 20 years on the road
Keywords: relationships, transport, Europe, trucks
Listed in: Travel

Author, yes. I'd wait a while before putting "publicist" on your business card though...
the_hunter From: the_hunter Date: January 20th, 2009 04:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
Be fair, I'm new at this :)
I know, it needs a bit of work...really I should get a writer to do it...no! Wait! I have a cunning plan!...
djelibeybi From: djelibeybi Date: January 20th, 2009 06:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for sharing your words. I look forward to reading the finished article and spreading the word.
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