It’s here! It’s here! It’s here!
Actually, it was here on Monday. But between the camera being dead, and my schedule and finishing a surprise that I hope the families of the Flier crew will love, I hadn’t gotten around to taking proper photos.
But I have now. Here we go.
There it is in all its glory. This is a proof, meaning it’s for the author’s eyes only, and it’s a last gasp chance to make sure everything is perfect, all photos, graphics, wording, everything.
It’s a good thing too, because despite my every effort, I’ve had to replace five photos that came out too dark and a handful of typos and some stuff I forgot about last minute, including three thank yous and seven bibliographic references. Thank goodness, they only charge for one more upload rather than per correction! (If you purchase this book and happen to find a typo or something PLEASE don’t tell me for at least a week! I’ll need the time to adjust to not-panic drive!)
This is a pretty cool book, even if I am prejudiced. Here’s the start to Chapter One:
And another random spread in Chapter 2 with a map included. I was able to put over 20 maps, photos and diagrams, though they are not evenly spaced throughout the book. Since obviously, none of the men were carrying a camera during their escape, there are few photos in the middle of the book.
Despite the title and the fact that this book is centered around the doomed second patrol of the Flier and the escape of the eight Fliers themselves, there are a number of backstories and flashbacks in this book to try and flesh out Flier’s life and that of her crew before the explosion. The most frustrating thing was, of course, with eighty four men onboard Flier, I couldn’t feature or name them all during the course of the book, but I hope this shows a good cross section of who these guys were.
So its 294 pages long, 14 of which is Bibliography alone (I might shrink the text in the Bib to give me more room if I need it).
As soon as the proof is re-sent with the final final FINAL (I hope) revisions, we’ll finish up the e-books starting with the Amazon Kindle version. I’ll let you know when we get that up for those who are interested in that sort of format rather than a hard copy.
We were hoping to do a Barnes and Noble Nook version, but we can’t seem to find any information on how to convert these books into that format. If you know, please contact me about how to do that.
Audiobook version will be coming. It just might not be ready for the launch. Sorry. It’s coming, I promise.
Well, now back to work. I have a deck log to photograph, a DVD to create, and another Exhibit to design. I’m swamped. (in a good way)
And where was Flier, Redfin and Robalo? Robalo is definitely lost now, though how many of her men remain alive and/or free or imprisoned is still a matter of debate. Flier is in drydock having her starboard mechanical everything thoroughly gone over, and the Redfins are reporting back on duty. The Coastwatchers are well and settled in Brooke’s Point, establishing one radio station on the beach and one on the side of Addison Peak a mile or so inland. They have no idea Balabac Straits are definitively mined (it was assumed, not known that Balabac was mined at this time) and their radios are having problems again anyway, so they haven’t told HQ. This fact will have deadly consequences for more than the submariners.