As you (probably) know, the print editions of books need full covers, which can actually be super-annoying, because full covers are A: more expensive, B: require words to be put on the back, and C: have to match the dimensions of the physical book once it’s been produced.
That last one is particularly annoying because book size isn’t something you can just estimate based on word count or whatever. You have to actually take the book, drop it in a template, and format the bejeezus out of it. (There are professional Bejeezus Formatters out there. Google it.) Also necessary is the height and width, and there are a ton of options.
To commission the full cover of The Spaceship Next Door, I went to Createspace and dropped the .doc version into it to get a rough page count. The number it gave me was 266, so I told the designer that number. Then, a couple of days ago, I finished the final draft and did my bejeezus formatting, and got a new number. THAT number was 424.
As you can imagine, a cover designed for a 266 page book isn’t going to line up correctly on the outside of a 424 page book.
Lesson 1: always wait until you’ve really completed the book and formatting before commissioning a cover, no matter how anxious you are to get to that part.
Lesson 2: always work with a patient and understanding cover designer.
Here is what the full cover of The Spaceship Next Door looks like.
(The .PDF version is prettier, but also too large to insert.)
Expect the print edition to be available on or slightly before 12/22/15, for a sale price of $19.95. Createspace is annoyingly unaccommodating when it comes to setting up pre-orders, so to make sure it’s there on the 22nd I might just go live early with it.
There will be a Goodreads giveaway of a signed copy, which I’ll announce as soon as it’s up.
Pre-order your copy of The Spaceship Next Door below: