This is it, ladies and germs. It has been a long time coming, but book #1 is fully published on Amazon. Now I got things figured out for a smooth launch of book two (this summer). First, the paperback was listed, then the eBook as a lone entity, now we have the complete package on one page.
I’m glad this was my first time publishing a book. They say, “If at first you succeed, then try something harder.” I think I set a good goal, because I failed a lot.
Last time we met, I told you that launch was delayed because it took 3-5 business days to move from CreateSpace to Amazon. In reality, it’s closer to 7 business days. Luckily, I guessed that last week when I missed my first launch day.
The next hurdle was the eBook version. Was that created automatically after the paperback goes live? Nope. Here it is on launch day. The paperback version is live. Where is the eBook? Oh. I guess I get to make that up. I pushed hard to get it published… And now we wait. Amazon needs another 3 days to get it live. And then I know that there will be two listings… One for the paperback and one for the eBook. Amazon customer service can combine them, but that takes another day.
Le Sigh. We’ll make it better next time.
Lastly, this is an Amazon exclusive. They pay you more if you agree to only sell on Amazon. It’s 30% vs. 70% as an exclusive. It’s a good thing that Amazon controls the biggest marketplace.
Doesn’t that just take the cake? I’ve been keeping everything on track (barely). I can see now that I need to get things out to my beta readers earlier in the process. It would also be better to print them off a copy that is all ready to print from CreateSpace. Since this process will take 2 days to complete, it would be good to get this out of the way. Also, a printed proof from them will be cheaper than a local print shop.
I reviewed the copy I had sent off to print and was horrified that it had no page numbers! That’s kinda important, especially when you get up there in numbers. You don’t want to be looking for page 400 in a novel without page numbers.
I looked back to the PDF I had submitted to CreateSpace for printing. Yup, no page numbers. It wasn’t them, it was me. They were doing their job right. I was the cotton-headed ninny muggings (gasp!). My heart was in my throat as I created a new PDF file from Word. And then I realized that my new version had some extra pages. 48, to be exact. That means the cover dimensions change (the spine is wider), so I re-ma-jiggered (technical term) the cover to resubmit to CreateSpace. That means they need another 24 hours to review it for submission.
And THEN it goes off to Amazon and appears just in time for tomorrow, right? No, that’s where we hit the final detail. Books will appear on Amazon for purchase in 3 to 5 Business Days. My balloon deflated. I have missed my window.
Life is a learning process, eh? Word to the other wanna-be-writer-folk out there:
Hit CreateSpace way in advance of launch. We’re talking two months ahead of launch. You will get access to cheap printing and make sure your bugs are ironed out. You can catch stupid mistakes and unsure your beta readers will see exactly what will be printed.
Review before approving. CreateSpace recommends looking over your proof three times. I caught my bug in the first pass. You might need all three. Do it. This is your baby.
Approve to publish one week in advance. If it takes 3 -5 business days, make sure there are at least 5 business days between you and launch. You may need to contact support for a day, so I’d make sure you have a 7 business days buffer.
It has been a doozy of a few days. I have hit the editing hard. I now know that I can produce one book every three months. That is a break-neck pace, but it’s doable. I know how I just said that I would be doing six edit passes for every book. Nah nah nah. I’ll be doing about six, at two weeks per pass. We have a tight schedule. I will lean heavily on my beta readers to find additional problems. And with print-on-demand and the Kindle version, I can upload a new edit at any time.
Additionally, I have finally finally finally finished numbering all the chapters. Some were too long and others were too short. Now the average length is twenty-seven pages. There are nineteen chapters. Whew! It was a hard push. Now I can see the goalpost.
I can cover about one and a third chapters per day. Sometimes I can cover more. Nineteen divided by one point three is fourteen (and change). That means every edit will take about two weeks.
I have read that a typical book goes through fifteen revisions and takes years to complete. Years? If the average book brings in between $100 and $200 per month, that just sounds like a phenomenal waste of time. That won’t fit into my plan.
And now the end is in sight! I’m on seventeen of nineteen. That means in one to two days, I’ll be finished! Next, it’s off to beta readers! Then, I will do a tombstone edit integrating all of their changes, run the thing through Hemingway and Grammarly, and then publish!
January’s shaping up to be pretty cool. Praise to God!
Howdy, Internet! I’ve been recording my vlog for a few days without a focus. I realized this would be of most use to you if I talk about writing.
I worked a lot on writing today… not the actual writing, but some admin work. I have already written a rough draft of my novel. No one told me that the first draft of a novel is not very good. So, rather than start working on my second in the series, I am going back through my first novel and editing. Of course, I could really use a professional editor. That would get the job done faster. It would likely be better, too. But, then, editors are expensive. Unless somebody wants to do an edit for the share of the profits… yeah, it’s all me for now.
I heard an interview with a writer who said that if she could tell her young self something, it would be to write and release the whole series at once. We live in a culture that likes to devour entire seasons at one time. As soon as they are done with book one, they want book two. If book two takes a year to complete, those fans will either be angry or find another bright, shiny–Hey! A squirrel! I love squirrels.
My book was intended to be a trilogy, and it has a pretty major cliff-hanger at the end of book one. It might take me three years, but I plan on working on it every day. We’ll see how fast it goes.
I created an editing spreadsheet. This is not procrastination! I really think this will help me on the edit.
Chapter. With 42 chapters, I need to keep track of what I’m working on.
Main Point. Each chapter should have a least one “thing” that happens. That “thing” cannot be flashback (those don’t move a story forward). If a chapter does not have a “thing,” then it has no point. It can be cut. OFF WITH IT’S HEAD! (I always wanted to say that).
Too Short? I want to find chapters that are too short. Since I am going to be adding some new scenes, I would like to find places they would fit. I can also combine short chapters. My end goal is to have one average length for each chapter.
Edited. This is just a reference row to see if something is done or not. Move along. Nothing more to see here.
Addition. If I find a perfect place to add scene Q, I want to mark it.
That’s about it. Of course, I will let you know how the editing goes.
I also started to set up MailChimp for my newsletter.
I’m outtie (actually, I’m an innie… sorry for the TMI).