First Time Author!!!
So I submitted to KDP around 7pm yesterday. I had my fingers crossed for a go-live by Saturday afternoon, but was also okay with waiting the full “possible” 72 hour wait. So imagine my delight when at 11:24 pm my book went live!
I jumped into action (after grinning and staring at my posting for five minutes), to create my Authors page. Next step was to link my Amazon book to my “Buy Here” button on my webpage and attach my Amazon Author page as well. I then made FB ads on my business page, as well as dropping the amazon link in various FB Book/Reading Groups. I made a Twitter acct for my Author name and posted the available now links. I didn’t forget to post to Pinterest and Instagram, as well.
Of course by 2:00 am (I’m a natural night owl my whole life) I was checking my stat counter on my webpage (thanks StatsCounter) to see if there was more flow than normal…there was! Slight but I’ll take it.
So I’ll try to make this quick about the journey to have a Live book. I started writing on November 1, 2017 and I completed writing Running Into You, on Dec 22nd 2017. I then spent the time since, editing and reviewing (MANY TIMES). I started with 58,877 words. By the time I sent it to a proof-reader on Fiverr (I give that experience a 3.5 out of 5) I was down to 58,046. When I got it back from the proof-reader I was back up to almost what I started with. I found going through all their findings/suggestions/additions tedious (I think I was ready to be done and publish but it’s a novel size book).
I went through everything again before sending it to a formatter (just got the final back before I could post this- I give this experience a 4.5) for Createspace on Fiverr (after spending a full day of major frustration trying to add headers and numbers of all things for my paperback). When I got it back from him I read through it all again and made some significant changes going down to my final 57,145 words.
After a month of reviewing and editing constantly, I finally said “enough.” I believe I put out a very good story that was readable and flowed well. As an avid reader myself I can honestly say the flow and readability is in the same range of all the ebooks/books that I read.
So back to the formatting. I was able to with “goggle and some basic instructions”, to do my own TOC (Table of Contents) which is required for KDP ebooks and they make a better experience for readers. I think I finally found an article that made it easier for me to figure out how to add my page numbers and headers, which I’ll give a shot on my next project. If not I’ll be right back on Fiverr!
I am old fashioned in that I still like to hold a book from time and time and can’t wait until I can have a print copy of my first novel in my hands. I should be getting a “proof” early next week (From the test file, before I decide to make true changes to the text). At this point I really just want to see how the cover will look in print. I am done worrying about the actual text. Since I got that final formatting back just minutes ago, I will be submitting the new file and approving before the night is over! So you should be able to get a paperback copy by Monday or Tuesday!
I’m excited and happy to share my work! I bought the first purchase of my ebook so I could see the formatting. Once I played around with the sizing on my computer kindle reader I was very happy with the look (save for the Title and Copyright page). I will live with it and adjust for next time. I hope my work brings enjoyment for a few hours to even 1 person. If it does it was worth it!