As can sometimes be the case, I finished early.
Let’s call it “ahead of schedule”.
My goal was to have this available on 4/1. To that end, I released my Dating Into Oblivion compilation in the second week of March to get a feel for what to expect of Amazon’s publishing routine. Better to know what to expect ahead of time versus missing a deadline, right?
Can you believe I can’t get a regular job with that attitude? Truth.
Here’s what I learned from my first crack:
– Cover design is pretty easy in Amazon, no need to pay for any software to create one. Ask me how I know…
– Except, the back cover. That’s another story. But I figured it out after the first dozen or so copies were ordered, so there’s some collectors edition Dating Into Oblivion hard copies out there with nothing on the back cover but my face. Getting that kink out basically came down to making the assumption that you should paste or enter content into the space where the dialogue box was. Somehow it just works out.
– PDFs are formatted as 9×11 documents. Have you ever seen a book that size? Too big for a paperback, too small for a coffee table book. The cool size paperbacks are 6×9, so I had to overcome a “I can’t fucking do this on my own” moment when I previewed that.
I need a 20-something!
was helpful in reducing stress. Alexa, on the other hand…
Not as helpful.
– It’s better to start the publishing process with your hard copy and then go to your e-book afterward. I don’t know why…it just is.
– There seems to only be spellcheck in the paperback process, too. So…yeah.
My impatience taught me another lesson:
My first stab at publishing warned me that it could take up to 72 hours for formatting to be approved and the book to go live. It took 4. For this second effort, it took 34.
That could have been a real problem had I found myself in possession of a normal timeline versus arbitrarily picking April Fool’s Day as my live date. Because that just wasn’t going to happen.
But, what are ya gonna do?
As it was, my novel went live on 3/25 and I’m just going to be content with that reality.
Now, since I’ve had this blog for four years, officially and never bothered to monetize it, I’m gonna drop a link for y’all.
Wow. That’s a terrible link.
That’s my author page on the Amazon. It has kindle and hard copy versions of both of my books.
If you’re a longtime reader, just enjoy knowing Dating Into Oblivion is out there, you’ve read about 80% of it here for free. However, No One Of Consequence is a largely fictional work that I hope you will enjoy in either format.
And, please, if it’s not too much to ask…share this post if you think you have folks in your readership I’d appreciate you reposting or sharing this to get it in front of them.
Thanks in advance!
And in the meantime, enjoy this picture of what I encountered when searching for myself of the Amazon.
Yeah. Sometimes you straight folk don’t make such clever kids. We’ll talk about that later. For right now, just know that this was the progression of my childhood nicknames:
Grade School – Gallbladderbreath
Middle School –
High School –
Now, even though I knew they were onto something with that last one, when my brother coined the nickname Galby, I was on it.
But I’m glad the Amazon is there to help pick at that emotional scar.