Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry, Northern Ireland
A book I'm working on is set in this town.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Of course...

It seems no matter how hard I try to do things right, somehow I still fuck up. I got the proof of RIHC6 and the cover was a bit off-center. I guess even though I worked it out on my calculator, I still misfigured the trim borders...I guess. So I rejected the proof and told them I'd send in new artwork...then popped into Photoshop, reset everything, and uploaded it. But now my dashboard for Spark is showing RIHC6 as being rejected and nothing more. And you think they'll answer my e-mails? Nope. nor can I call them.

I also got a bill, today, for them to keep Bobby Carapisi, volume 3 up for publishing, even though I don't want it and have asked repeatedly to have it removed. It's just a little over $13 but it's for a book I do not want to be in print, and I can't find out how to get rid of it. Ingram Spark got rid of everything else being offered by Nazca you'd think they'd do as I ask for this one, too. Especially since I have the new edition up on their site. Nope. And when I call their number on the invoice, I have to leave a message; they're too busy to talk to me and haven't called me back even though I called them this morning.

What's more, I asked them to offer my version of BC to the trade at a standard 40% discount; I got a sales report today and they're selling it at 55%. Which means I'm in the red with every sale. Shit.

My first thought is, what did I do wrong? Was I having a streak of dyslexia and input everything backwards? I don't know. I don't see how. When you input the pricing for a new book, they tell you you'll be in the red if the price you suggest is too low, and they tell you by how much. I can't imagine me accepting that.

I was going to get Porno Manifesto ready for them...but now I'm not so sure. No rush on that, anyway; I can't think of a decent cover. I thought I had one with a group of guys walking down an alley wielding baseball bats...but it looks posed and is just wrong for the book. I now think I might go for a guy who's been beaten up or something. I dunno. I'm too wiped from all this crap to think about it, in depth.

Why does it have to be so fucking hard?

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