Evil Princes everywhere these days.
Evil Princes everywhere these days.
Earlier today I received the following message from an Amazon support rep:
I have checked your cover file and was not able to see what the issue is. I will connect with our Technical Team who will be able to provide more information about what exactly is causing the constant rejection.
Hopefully this nightmare is almost over.
The physical softcover version Cirsova #8 is dangerously close to being late, so I thought I’d show folks why.
The problem we’ve been having is a combination of Createspace’s 24-hour turn-around time on file review and support contact with the fact that they have been inconsistent about what the blocking issues for the cover are.
This was the first issue we had.
I got this twice, even after making some tweaks to text, so I asked what the problem was.
It turns out that reviewers will actually show you the blocking issues they highlighted, but only if you contact them. It turned out that I’d accidentally set an additional 1/8″ bleed (the print area was fine) they thought that a small snip of white outside the bleed meant that I wanted a border; they didn’t highlight the text that was allegedly too close to the edge.
Then I get this:
The advertising images haven’t been a problem for us before, but this time it was because we had the Amazon logo. I also finally get an answer that the date under our artist’s signature is the text that’s too close to the edge; I explain that there’s really nothing I can do about the artists signature and ask if they can cut us some slack.
Below are the images the reviewer sent.
Now I’m told that to reference Amazon, I need two other places listed. Well, there’s one already, so I add barnesandnoble.com. Notice that there’s nothing mentioned about text too close to the edge blocking the file. I resubmit having done what the last reviewer asked, making sure that there are two additional outlets listed. Then I get this:
What the last reviewer said was a problem is no longer an issue. And something the last reviewer didn’t mention was an issue is now an issue again. We are back to square one…
Amazon’s support hotline is broken; when you call, it tells you to dial an extension then hit #, but instead of stating an extension, it makes electronic farting noising.
I reached out to social media support, so I’m hoping that someone real will actually call me so this can get straightened out.
We have never had issues like before and hopefully will not again, but this has been so frustrating that I’m ready to tear my hair out.
I’m almost done with the final working draft of Wild Stars III: Time Warmageddon. Soon, we’ll have it into the magazine layout format.
Mark Wheatley’s working on the interior art right now, and we should be getting that back next month.
I’ve just sent the specs to Tim Lim to get started on the cover. As soon as we have a cover ready, we’ll start taking pre-orders.
I’m still wrestling with Createspace over the cover of issue 8. The 24 hour turn-around time is killing me, especially since they didn’t actually answer a question over the weekend, just restated something.
First, we’re gearing up for Wild Stars III: Time Warmaggedon.
This is a high-octane space and time-travel in the vein of Gardner F. Fox, Albert DePina, and Raymond F. Jones. Written by Michael Tierney, whose 4-volume history of the Art of Edgar Rice Burroughs is coming out this summer, and edited by Brian Niemeier (The Soul Cycle) and yours truly, I can assure you this is gonna be one heck of a ride.
What does Brian think about this project?
Michael Tierney has been a joy to work with. He is a true pro whose style and outlook remind me of the old pulp masters. His latest book is a whirlwind space adventure that will become the gold standard for putting fun first.Pulp fans will want to line up for this one early. Non-pulp fans are really pulp fans who just don’t know it yet. Either way, be there for the launch of what promises to be a game-changing book.
The more I’ve read this story, the more I love it. We understand, though, that since this is the newest entry into a franchise that has been around for 35 years, it might not be immediately accessible to new readers, so not only will we be making some of the rare and out-of-print Wild Stars material available, we may even be giving the 2002 comic-run away for free to new fans and old picking up this limited edition of Wild Stars III on Kickstarter.
More details on that soon, but we’re looking at taking pre-orders in June, once we get the cover art in from Tim Lim (yes, that Tim Lim).
In other news…
Cirsova #8 draws ever nearer to being done and ready to go out the door. Actually, it should’ve been ready today, but Amazon is being weird about stuff and they have an obnoxiously long turn-around time for corrections.
Issue 9’s art is done and the latest work-file is in the hands of one of our trusty editors.
I’ll be ready to start taking subscription orders for the final issues of Cirsova Volume 1 soonish.
Lastly, here’s a tease for you:
This second level is the lower, original abbey that was buried under a layer of dirt and ash. The hole in the chapel of the newer, upper church leads to room 10. The stairs north of 1 lead to the Library. Well in 22 is the back door to the Artificer’s workshop. Capstone in 26 leads to the Crypts (Level 3). Stairs in 27 are the main entrance to the Artificer’s workshop.
Space between 16, 19, 22, and all between 17 and 20 used to be an herb garden for soap-making; it can theoretically be cleared enough to create a “short cut”, but it would hardly be worth the effort. Exterior doors open to solid walls of dirt, stone, and ash. These can be excavated, but will take much longer than the upper tunnels.
*Become active undead if capstone seal in room 26 is broken.