So, Spells of Old may be slightly delayed from being released at the point I had hoped. This comes for several reasons.
First, the mistakes people have found in Ancient Ruins have…irritated me, to put it mildly. The most recent one with me messing up the Constella family name is just another straw on the camel’s back of frustration with myself. With Ancient Ruins, I couldn’t afford to get it professionally edited. Most of the estimates I’ve seen would have run me more than $1,000 to get it edited, and I didn’t have the money to do so. I freely admit this. So I let friends and family read through it, and read through line by line, trying to catch all the mistakes…and I know I’ve missed some. This is frustrating beyond words to me. But it was something else that truly made me consider delaying Spells of Old.
I was approached by an audiobook producer yesterday, interested in looking at Ancient Ruins. I’m not naming names, nor am I saying whether it will happen or not, but this happened at the same time that I realized the mistake with the Constella name. If I am to have my books put into audio format, I want them to be the best possible so I don’t have glaring mistakes copied into the audio.
So I’ve looked at my budget, and carefully looked at projected income from what sales I’ve made. I should be able to afford to pay for a professional copyediting of Spells of Old, but only after I’ve been paid for February (which will be in May). Most of the services I looked at said they have a turnaround time of 3-5 weeks, and then I have to go through it again. This means that Spells of Old will likely be published in June, assuming everything keeps going the way it has.
I’ve made a personal decision to keep you all as honestly informed as I can. I have done enormously better than I ever hoped to at this, and I don’t want to disappoint you all.