関東地獄 Kantō Jigoku: Tokyo Inferno: Infernally Yours

By Serdar Yegulalp on 2021-07-21 12:00:00 No comments


Yesterday I put in the order for the first proof copy for the all-new edition of Tokyo Inferno, so I should be hearing it hit my doorstep in a few days. The art in the sidebar and on the book's sales page hasn't been updated yet, but that will happen retroactively after the new edition of the book is live in both recycled-electron and recycled-tree editions.

As with Summerworld, formatting this new edition involved getting rid of a few things. The older version of Tokyo Inferno had chapter titles and additional textual elements for each title. In retrospect I disliked both of those things, so I got rid of them. They also made ebook formatting harder than it needed to be, and they messed with text-to-speech software, so that's strikes two and three right there.

Another issue for this book paralleled Summerworld's remaster, too. My base wraparound cover design has a spine that gets really tight-looking on books of less than 250 pages. I tinkered with the internal layout of both books and got them to max out at 250 without making them look too weird, but I was prepared to do a "skinny" version of the one-piece cover with a smaller spine logo if I had to. Fortunately, it all worked out, and I was able to stick with my base design.

I also had to put together a 2021 afterword for the remaster, as I had for Summerworld. These books are from the first phase of my self-publishing author persona, and so looking back on them spurred some thought about the decisions I made for them, not always good ones. Actually, to be scrupulously correct, they're from the second phase: the first one resulted in a couple of books that I've come to think very little of, and after I booted them out there I ended up thrashing around in the wilderness for a while without producing anything of substance. So even though S'world and Inferno are "early" works by Infinimata standards, they're still a sight better than where I was once 'pon a time.

If all goes well, I should be able to push the big red button on Inferno in the next couple of weeks.


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