If you’re Canadian, you’re probably familiar with Kobo, the biggest ebook seller in Canada, and second biggest in the world (behind Amazon). Since their setup for authors is delightfully quick and easy, I signed up a couple of hours ago and my book is already available for sale. 😀 Yay Kobo! Here’s the link:
After messing with codes to get my ebook to generate all day yesterday, I finally succeeded in uploading it to Amazon.com. The wait can be as long as 72 hours before it becomes available online, but I couldn’t help checking just one more time before I went to bed at 1:45 a.m. And it was there! I was so unbelievably excited to see my own book in digital print, that sleeping was nigh impossible. I’ve vacillated between panicky chest pains and giddy bouncy excitement the last two days…and very little sleep. So now, I will put my first published baby out there, try to calm down, and finally get some rest. 🙂
Oregon is having a rather dramatic winter. After dumping nearly three feet of snow, a wicked ice storm turned the landscape into an undulating ice rink. You might think you can walk on it, but unless you have ice cleats, you’d be wrong. My front walk has already downed one delivery man and pulverized his phone. In the past two weeks, school has been cancelled 5 times and delayed most of the other days. And I am delighted—except for the delivery man, that was bad. Not rushing around to school, appointments, and errands has given me much more time to work on my book. So much minutiae goes into self-publishing! I have a greater appreciation for traditional publishers and all of the work they might have done for me, but no point in dwelling on that. I must get back to editing ebook code to try to find the error.
Okay, I am the least consistent blogger ever.
Also, I didn’t send my book to any more publishers. Why? Because a year ago, I decided to self-publish. You know those people who have to control every dang thing around them or they have an OCD freak out? I *might* be one of them.
It all started with cover art. Don’t you hate it when you’re reading a book and the heroine described bears little or no resemblance to the person on the cover? Do you know why? It’s because the publisher hires a commercial artist (who doesn’t read the book) to make the cover. The writer has no say in the cover art. I have this idea in my head of just how each of my characters look, and it would be painful if someone butchered that. So I hired my awesome childhood friend, Julie Jentzsch, to paint the cover, and she did a fabulous job! One hurdle down. 😀
Now the biggest problem with self-published books is usually the editing. I read lots of them because they’re cheap, but the typos get distracting, and sometimes there are bigger problems with the story that a good editor would have caught. I am SO PARANOID there will be errors in my book (this may be more of that OCD thing). Some delightful people have helped by marking up my book for me (Karalee Kochevar, Cortney Kochevar, James Talbot, Teresa Hirst, and Melody Shellman). They’ve helped me make this book better, if not error-free. And though I am tempted to just keep editing it forever, today I completed the FINAL draft! 😮
As to actual publication date, I still don’t know! But I will keep you posted…for reals this time.
p.s. If you’d like to see more of Julie’s art, check out: https://juliejentzschart.wordpress.com/