Well it looks like I am going to wind up with two versions of these two books. It may not be what I intended, but in a really twisted kind of way I think it may end up being for the best.
What happened was that while I was working on the interior layout of Citlalli and the Shards of Light I decided to go for a different font and a bit more space between the lines than the one I had used in book one (in fact I decided to go for what was basically the same layout I had used for Laira). The obsessive in me wasn’t particularly happy at the thought that I was going to wind up with two different layouts in two books that were part of the same series, so I decided to update the layout of the first book while I was at it… and then I was made aware of the fact that not only was there a fee for updating the files of a book that had been signed up for CreateSpace’s expanded distribution package, but also that if the page count changed by more than 10% I was going to need different new ISBN anyway (and seeing how that page count was going to jump from something like 372 to 436, that was definitely me). That was not a happy thought, and then the situation was compounded by the fact that I was going to have to increase the price of Citlalli on the Edge of the Wind from $17.95 to $19.95 just to keep the title commercially viable using the expanded distribution. Things were not looking good, and I was seriously considering the possibility of scraping the whole thing and just learning to live with those two different layout, but then I decided to turn CreateSpace’s update policy to my (and hopefully your) advantage.
What I decided to do was to leave the existing version available for external distribution only, and then to release the new one for sales via amazon, taking a slight hit in the royalties through that particular channel. That way I was able to retain my original price point while avoiding an unnecessary fee… and then I decided to do the same thing for Soulless, just for the sake of consistency (I did say that this was my obsessive side showing through).
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the original version of both books is perfectly readable (in fact it is far more readable than the one that is to be found in a good chunk of books that are currently sitting on my shelves), and the text itself is identical in both instances.