Sunday, April 26, 2015

Apocalypse Idaho Update 1.1 out - Sorry 'bout the typos ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I released an updated version of Apocalypse Idaho today! If you order a new kindle copy (or if you have one and update it) it should now have over 200 mostly cosmetic changes. The print changes may take about a week before I get them all in. Check out the copyright page to see which version you're reading (if it doesn't have version info, that means it's version 1.0).*

The bad part about self-publishing a book is that there aren't as many gates, so more errors get through on a first release. Sorry about that. But the good news is there aren't as many gates, so I can fix anything found relatively quickly. Anyway, I hear typoed first editions can be valuable... so... uh... you're welcome?

Mostly these are one word changes. "definitely" changed to "certainly". "Derek Darius" changed to "he".  Sometimes I tried to clarify confusing or run on sentences, like break them up into multiple phrases or delete adjectives. There were a few places I was missing words like "to". There were two rogue formatting tags that screwed how two paragraphs looked on the kindle (they were double spaced). Altogether, there were probably around twenty clearcut typos.

Here are the most important issues I caught that are easy to contextualize:

Problem Explanation Chapter
"His metal mechanical watch" PLOT HOLE: later the story references Johnny wears a digital watch. The whole world is ruined 3
"We should all should be taking it seriously"
“Johnny, are you fucking retarded? “ quote is the wrong way 14
the first thing he said to Johnny Sparks and Tim is should be past tense 23
“This is her office,” Johnny says, “If she... Should have a period after 'says'. There are a few instances like this throughout the book that were fixed.  23
She is unable see her son. 28
what kind of weather pattern deserves to be elevated to proper noun status.” question mark 29
I can’t seem to think of a name for it. 29
He’s draws his eyes up from the ground, woops 29
Tim has slumped over himself, as in prayer pesky missing words 30
make it up here for days”. period on outside 33
abstract oranges bleed into the earth. I did picture orange, but because oranges are also a fruit, I changed to "yellows" 36
They’re clawing their way
at the victim,
Derek Darius? A victim? pssssh 36
He sharpens until the knives are sharp. bad sentence, Rich 37
one non-human eyes glows 
Derek Darius opens another counter  cabinet 41
I call Derek Darius "the celebrity" too much I took out about 1/3 All
Grandpa was mis-capitalized a lot Various

If you happen to notice other things, I hope you take the time to send feedback my way and I'll get any changes into the next version!

* I am a computer geek enough to work with versions and use diffs, not enough to use git... yet. I don't have a good check-in story for all the different formats I need to keep track of (.docx for print, .doc for smashwords, epub for kindle). How cool would it be to have a build number on the copyright page though?

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