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Book Launched… Kinda

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.

Check out my book online!

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So, I got kinda sorta excited. Scratch that, I got very excited. I finally, finally, FINALLY finished the book after years and years of work. I glanced at the calendar and said, “Hey! The first of next month is a nice, round number…”

Bad idea. Very bad idea. But, hey, this is all a learning experience, right! I get an A+ in “Bad Decisions 101” for the day.

Why is that a bad decision?

  • Printing Woes. You might have difficulty sending the thing to print. You should have a few extra days to do it right. If this is your first book, you’ll need extra time to learn the system.
  • Beta Reader Time. If you plan to use beta readers, you need time to print it out, ship it out, have them read it, ship it back to you, and make the final edit. Oh, and you’ll need about $100 to make that magic happen.

So, when you finally type “The End” on that manuscript, look at the calendar and add two months. You’re welcome. Nobody wants to be in a rush… like I am.