Free for Unlimited readers. It's 554 pgs. Sadly, I don't yet control paperback pricing, which is $18.99. The Kindle edition is $4.99.
Createspace keeps generating blank pages in the last 100 pages of Bomoki's Gate. It's killing me. In their process, you upload a file and then wait for about 30 hours for them to "approve" it. That process generates the final book file. My original submission did not have a random blank page. This is the 5th time I've tried to solve this. It's none of the obvious things like jacked up section breaks. This last time, I wrote extra content to fill this. There is no apparent reason, even in the doc code, that suggests why this is happening.
Editing is hard. First off, it's hard to see your own blind gaps. Test readers help and I want to call out the following people: Brian M, Mark F, Ben D, and Tony R. In a draft, I end up with so much mark up over 100s of pages and 10s of 1000s of words that I look at it and go, "Ugh." Like this demon in the picture (not my art; thank you Google search), Bomoki's Gate was always right there teasing me. "Come on," it'd say. "Come sit down, grab a drink. Start this editing for real."
I woke up at 5 am this morning and 7 hours later, I've finished the last 100 pages and incorporated notes from the test reader group. I'm exhausted. But, I thought I'd share some of my own learnings, for the curious and for other writers.
When I first started the indie publishing process, I wanted to do it correctly. I scanned a few "How to Indie Publish" books and found them all lacking. Most had titles like, "How to Publish in 17 Minutes". Amazon was the worst noting you can publish in just 5 minutes. Copyright setup took about 2 hours. Submission about 25 minutes. Confirmation and payment, 10 minutes. Waiting for this to come through took 9.5 months.