Caveat Emptor — Again

You’ve carefully proofread your manuscript. It’s been professionally edited. You’ve taken great care in designing the book. You carefully proof the proof. You order copies. You fan through one or two as they arrive. You think, “Great!” and then this happens. You’re never finished.

Hi Martha,

Are you aware that some of the print copies of your book have pages that were printed upside down? One tour host just told me her copy has a lot of pages printed upside down.




10 thoughts on “Caveat Emptor — Again

  1. Best wishes for ya! Once in a while such things can happen with anyone, even with best printers. As u address to them the issue it helps them improve or maintain their good quality 🙂

  2. Sigh. I had a lot of trouble with CreateSpace getting it right. It took me a while. They would use the right text, wrong cover. Right front, wrong back. Etc. I was beginning to froth at the mouth before I finally got a human being to talk to. It took about 3 minutes to get it squared away with a person to talk to. It had taken WEEKS via emails that were often ignored. It’s the downside of dealing with “free publishing.” No people to talk to.

    • I’ve gone through all the books I have here and they are all fine. I gave away a lot of books to friends, none of whom said anything, but I posted on Facebook asking them to look at their book and see. It seems to have been ONE printing and maybe it was ONE book that was put together wrong. It’s disturbing because people could buy books from Amazon and get a messed up book. I do the cover art myself and upload a completed cover so that has been OK. But you know, I don’t want to do this any more. I doubt I will do it again. I’m sitting here with $50 in the bank and really no hope of this leading anywhere. It could — we’ve laid a good foundation, and I appreciate your help and moral support, Marilyn. But today I think it’s time for some kind of positive reciprocation from “the world.”

  3. But what a nightmare for you before you knew it was only one book. I know you worked hard and long to present a professional, as perfect as humanly possible, book. Receiving the email you did would probably have tipped me into blithering idiocy. I admire the way you handled it.

    • Thank you. I wish people were a little more restrained sometimes, and stuck to facts, like “X says her book is messed up” rather than “Some of your books are messed up” — I would have checked all the books anyway and still followed the same path of complaining to Createspace but emotionally it would have been a lot better for me. Most of yesterday I thought there were a dozen books out there completely malformed. 🙂

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