The podcast we recorded with Philip Caroll is up! (And shockingly, we sound reasonably coherent)
Many thanks for Philip for guiding us through the process and taking the time to speak with us about our books and the process of writing. Make sure to subscribe to the YA Books Podcast to hear from other great YA authors.
I hit a snag publishing Curse Bound to Ingram Spark. Their file check flagged a missing embedded font. I checked the Fonts tab of the file Properties in Acrobat Reader and it looked like all the custom fonts we’re using embedded OK.
It took me a while to realize the problem:
Notice how “Times New Roman” at the bottom of the list does not have “(embedded subset)” after the name.
This is because Word 2013 does not embed the Times New Roman font into PDFs when it creates them. This is reasonable behaviour in most cases where someone simply needs to read the doc, since T.N.R is available everywhere, but it confuses the Ingram scanner since it requires that all fonts be embedded.
The solution here was to find the few lines where we’d accidentally left the font set to T.N.R. It’s not actually used in the book, It was just lingering in a few blank lines and couple of the section headers.
Word’s Advanced Find feature was handy for finding where T.N.R was being used. There’s a “Format…” button at the bottom of the Advanced Find dialog where you can select a font to find and it will show you all the places in the document where that font is used. (Just make sure there’s no text in the “Find what:” field, or Word will search for that instead of the format).
Publishing a book is never going to be easy, but this second book was less traumatic than the first. In large part due to our friends, new and old, who have continued to help us improve our writing and have confidence in our stories.
Our editor Penelope Jackson somehow managed to be even more amazing this time, going above and beyond to suggest adding two extra scenes that hugely improved the flow of the story.
And thanks again to Derek Murphy for another gorgeous cover. This is Adriaan’s new favourite, though Rebecca is still partial to the Chaos Bound cover due to her adoration of the colour green.
Join us on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to celebrate the release of Chaos Bound. Adriaan and Rebecca Brae will be at Cochrane’s beautiful Tea…and other things (110 2 Avenue W Cochrane, Alberta, Canada) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
Browse an amazing selection of teas from around the world, buy a book, and enjoy the musical stylings of Mike Holden on piano (his new CD will be for sale too)! There may also be some Easter chocolates, but this is an unconfirmed rumour :)
I have learned today that CreateSpace does not distribute print books into Amazon Canada (amazon.ca). This was a bit of a surprise, but we have plans in motion to also print with Ingram, which should resolve this by getting our book into the standard catalogues. This will also make it feasible for other bookstores to purchase and stock our book.
CreateSpace also does not distribute to China (amazon.cn), Brazil (amazon.br) or India (amazon.in). Printing with Ingram should help with these as well, though of course no book store has any obligation to stock our book just because it’s in the catalogue so we will have to wait and see.