There is a school of thought, espoused on places like LeanPub.com, that authors should, with their books, publish early, and publish often. The idea is that the benefits of getting early reader engagement significantly outweigh the drawbacks of releasing something with imperfections, maybe even a lot of imperfections. Thus, to produce and release a book with maximum impact, it should be published as soon as it is readable, and re-published as it is revised and corrected.
I’m not convinced of the merits of that philosophy, especially when it comes to fiction. However, with Zombies Versus Comicom, I realized I would have to give it a try if I wanted the book out in time for the actual Comicon.
I’ve republished corrected versions of Zombies Versus Comicon at Amazon several times already, and I will several times again. Anyone who already bought and downloaded the book will need to delete it from their reader and redownload it to see the corrections, and to do that again to see further corrections. This seems annoying to me, and I can’t imagine anyone repeatedly doing that. Plus, people who write reviews of early editions might legitimately complain about the number of typos in the book, and even after the corrections are made, the reviews will remain.
In the long run, I don’t know if I will consider the experiment a success or a failure, but so far I don’t think I’d want to do it on purpose again.
I’ll be happy when the book is final, which should be in just a few days. However, it’s still a fun read right now, and I have no problem recommending it. So go get it, please.