Since releasing Snapshots it feels like one mishap after another. My initial blog tour that went with release day fell through. Then there was the Typo That Will Not Be Named. That felt like it took forever to remove. And it's still up on Apple iTunes. I couldn't find an email address. All they had was phone numbers. I hate talking on the phone. In the end, I undistributed it on Smashwords. The plan is when it disappears form iTunes is to redistribute it and hopefully it will have the correct spelling of the title. I'd like to say I'm over that disaster, but I still get pretty peeved at myself when I think too long about it.
So, what have I learned from all of this? Second book does not mean everything will be easier. Some things were. Formatting wasn't as hard. I was more confident when uploading. What category to put Snapshots in wasn't a chore. But now I wonder if my confidence is what caused my blunders. I got cocky. I didn't triple check as thoroughly as I did with Being Human. I thought since it was my second book, I knew what mistakes to avoid. As a result, I made a whole slew of new ones. It's hard to say. What happened may have happened no matter what. It tires me out trying to figure out the answer. More than a few times through all of this I wanted to throw the towel in. My writing life has been ruined. No one is going to want to buy my books.
I know I'm not the only one who has had horrifying mistakes. Every author has at least one horror story. With Indie and self publishing, those mistakes risk making it to print more often. Before I figure editing teams traditional authors had caught those mistakes before they made it to print. I have a couple traditionally published books with typos, so I know they do happen. (Click on the book cover to see typos that made it into books.) So that's no reason for me to quit.
Instead, I'll pick myself back up and dust myself off. On facebook, a friend posted an image that said, "The past is where you learned the lesson. The future is where you apply the lesson." I thought those were very true words. Time to apply what I learned with Snapshots to my next book.