My first proof arrived on May 3rd, much to my delight. There were a couple of issues however, so now I’m anxiously awaiting the arrival of proof #2. If it arrives as quickly as the last one, it will be in my hot little hands in two more days. One of the issues I discovered was the complete absence of all the hyphenation in the text of my book. It took me some time to figure out that’s what happens when you upload a Word document to Createspace. The solution was to convert my Word doc into a PDF, but of course that didn’t go smoothly. During the conversion to PDF, some blank pages were inserted at random which screwed up all of the margins and pagination. I ended up having to remove page breaks and replace them with lots of paragraph returns instead. How stupid. The other issue with the proof was that the cover came out much darker than the image was supposed to be; the back cover was so dark that all the awesome little details were obliterated and it just looked like white text on a plain black background. So… I massively lightened up the image in the hopes that when it gets printed out much darker than it’s supposed to be, it will end up being just right. Fingers crossed!
As for the cover reveal being organized for me by Xpresso Book Tours, the sign-ups are going on right now for the June 5th reveal date. If you want to check it out, here’s a link: Welcome to the Darkness cover reveal sign-up