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  • Writer's pictureMatt Sidney

Behind the Beak: A Triceratops with 4 Horns

While going through the self-publishing process, it can be very easy to sometimes get lost in the sauce. In other terms, you get so excited about seeing your project through that you might overlook some pretty large items that you definitely shouldn't have overlooked. Take a look at the image below and see for yourself what we almost published...

As you can see in the images above our triceratops mother character has 4 horns on her head!! Looking at it now it is very embarassing that we were going to run with this, but luckily I caught it right before we were going to go live. I actually planned the launch date and was creating the "Go Live" post when I took a last look at the book cover and noticed that we were about to make a big mistake!

I actually still have the first printed book with the triceratops having 4 horns. Every page in the book with the triceratops had the same image blunder. In the last hour I sent over the images back to Mousam and he fixed the images in a matter of a few hours and we were able to go live the very next day #phew. I was so focused on getting the book put together that I completely forgot to double check one of the most important parts of the book.

Reflecting on this close call, it dawned on me – amidst the excitement of crafting the narrative, it's easy to overlook the finer details. As creators, we're so absorbed in bringing our characters to life that we might miss a rogue detail here and there. The lesson learned: always take a step back and give your work a thorough once-over, or you might find your characters embarking on unexpected evolutionary journeys.

Now, as I hold the first printed book in my hands, I can't help but chuckle at the nearly four-horned triceratops who was portraying Tyler's adoptive mother. It's a reminder that the self-publishing adventure is as thrilling as a prehistoric safari – full of surprises, challenges, and the occasional rogue detail that demands correction.

So, as "Tyler the Pterodactyl" takes its flight into the hands of young readers, I am filled with gratitude for the team that helped ground our imaginative pterosaur and ensure that our readers receive the story as it was meant to be told – with just the right number of horns.

Soaring off for now! - Matt Sidney, Chief Pterodactyl Officer


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