I did it. I finally did it. I uploaded my manuscript (my MSS? doesn’t that sound swell?) to IUniverse. And immediately realized I’d omitted vital parts, like the dedication, the acknowledgments, table of contents, etc. Let me take it back! I didn’t mean it! Oh oh oh. But no; once you upload it, they don’t let you tinker with it until it’s out of the editorial department. Then you’re allowed one more crack at it before they start dinging you for changes.
But wait! I do have an excuse. The way they have you submit your MSS is this step-by-step process where they ask you for certain info on each page. So it’s like you might keep waiting for certain requests to come up, like the table of contents. The problem with that one is that when you submit your work, they ask you (reasonably, for layout’s sake) not to number the pages. But if the pages aren’t numbered, well, I think you could see the problem with this.
So, I’ve already blown that; now I’ve been told that all those things mentioned above were supposed to be included in the main body of the work, with page breaks setting off the dedication, etc. But–how are they going to know how you wanted them formatted on their pages? Little sticky notes? I don’t even know how to do those.
Then there’s the real stumper of a request. Apparently I neglected to think about the one hardback copy they’re going to make me. On the back of the dust jacket I’m supposed to have “traditionally either an excerpt or endorsements (300 words max).” Have you taken a look at the back of any hardbacks lately? They’re totally gushing snippets of praise written by other authors (in league with each other?) or excerpts from media reviews, both of which I have none.
So that leaves me with an excerpt. Please. I haven’t a clue what that should be. I’ve written to Leah, my Check-In Coordinator, to send me some samples of how other authors have handled this. Usually she gets back to me pretty promptly, but there’s been this ominous silence since I’ve questioned her. So how’s about a nice photo? A little sketch? What? If I’m only going to get one, does it matter? Ideas, anyone?