It’s Here!! Thoughts on Diving into Publishing

11 Feb

I should have posted this yesterday, but it was such a whirlwind, I never had time to blog. Mending Fences, my first novel, is now on sale! YAY! It actually went live on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords yesterday. (Click on the Books tab above for links to the book on each seller.)

Going live was cool. I can see my book for sale! Even cooler? A couple of friends bought the book! Even cooler than that…STRANGERS BOUGHT IT. Oh, yeah. That was my favorite part of all, knowing that people who have no clue who I am saw the cover, read the blurb, and bought my book. If that isn’t squee-worthy, I don’t know what is.

A couple of things I’ve discovered in this huge learning curve of publishing books. A) You can’t use the same source file for every seller. I mean, you can, but I wouldn’t recommend it. Why? Because every conversion requires different settings in the source file to look good in the final format. The biggest one for me is Page Breaks vs. Section Breaks. For the Smashwords and Kindle conversions, Section Breaks from a Word document are evil. They make extra spaces and pages that don’t belong in your final conversion. But for nook conversions? Thou shalt remove the Page Breaks and replace them with Section Breaks in order to have a proper page change at the start of each chapter. Oy.

This is why so many authors pay people to do their conversions. But I have to do it myself. I’m a bit of a control freak that way, I guess.

B) That there is an enormous amount of work to do with creating an author presence. Facebook, blog, twitter, obviously. Then there’s making author pages on Amazon and Smashwords…hmm, haven’t even checked B&N yet. I had a friend ask if it wouldn’t be easier to have a big publisher, because then ‘someone would do all that for you, right?’ Um…no, LOL. I’d still be doing all of my own publicity stuff with the Big 6.

Yes, it’s a lot of work. But I really enjoy it. Plus, you know, control freak. I’d end up doing it myself no matter how I published.

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