Let me start with a series of mea culpas. I pretty much botched the release of Betrayal from Ashes for a number of reasons. The last few months have been a perfect storm where if something could go wrong, it did. I should have delayed the release but was stuck between the proverbial rock and hard place. Because I’d put the book up for pre-order, Amazon’s rules are very clear. You have it ready to go by a certain time or you lose the ability to do pre-orders for a year. That’s a steep price and I was’t willing to pay it. That, alone, wasn’t a fatal mistake, but it didn’t help the situation.
The second mea culpa comes because I relied on an untried copy editor to fix issues I knew were present but I was too stressed and too sick to deal with. The copy editor came highly recommended by another local author–who will not be listened to quite so closely in the future. Unfortunately, they either sent back the wrong file or basically did nothing. Hell, I’m not sure they didn’t make the situation worse.
None of that matters. The problems with the book fall on me. I wrote it. It fell on me to make sure it was ready for prime time and it wasn’t.
It is now. My regular editor is back from vacation and the two of us have gone through Betrayal with a fine toothed comb. A new file was uploaded last night and is now live on Amazon. If you’ve already bought and downloaded the book–and thank you for that–please make sure you update your app or device so you have the new file. I promise it is edited much better than the original version.
Here is my promise to you. I will not let ego or fear of Big Brother Amazon locking me out of parts of the program push me into going against my gut in the future. I am mortified by the condition this book was in when it went live. Never again will that happen.