Kindle Publishing Progress Report #1
This funny, sexy romantic comedy was originally a print-published book. In fact, it's been printed in hardcover, softcover, and large print. Now, it's an ebook, and I'm happy and excited about that.
I gave it a cover far superior to any of the covers the print publishers slapped on this chick lit story. In fact, the hardcover design was just about the ugliest book cover I'd ever seen.
I spent several days editing and updating the text. A lot of authors ebooking their backlist don't bother to make any changes in the manuscript, but life is vastly different now than it was 10 years ago. We have technology that is woven into the fabric of our daily lives, and I think contemporary fiction should reflect that technology.
So I spent more time than I probably needed to in getting the book to be contemporary again. That's one of the things I love about ebooking: the freedom to make it be the best book possible. The day of the upload, I spent the entire day going through it again -- proofing, editing, proofing, converting, proofing HTML copy -- over and over ad nauseum.
Previewed, tweaked, uploaded again. Repeated this process 4 times until I was satisfied that the HTML formatting was as perfect as I could make it. Uploaded the final, edited HTML file about 10pm and received the immediate response that it would take 24 hours to a few days for my book to appear live.
So did I turn off the monitor and go about my business? Heck no! I sat there clicking the darn refresh button like a trained monkey hitting a lever that delivers food. Somehow, I just refused to accept that it would take a day or more for my ebook to go "live."
I already know I want to change some of the editorial copy. I forgot Joe Konrath's advice: in the first line of the Product Description say it's a special low price. Darn! How could I forget that teaser? I'll just blame my lapses for what I am calling The 14-hour-HTML-Migraine Blues because that's what C & U day (convert and upload) amounted to and I ended the day with a killer headache.
I'd planned to follow up the Kindle upload with uploads to PubIt, XinXii, and Smashwords to catch all the other digital readers, but my DH called from LAX to say he'd broken a tooth and was coming home on the red-eye.
Did I go to bed like a sane woman? Heck no! I stayed up and did all the domestic drudgery I'd put off during a week of writing, proofing, and editing since I was finishing up the prequel to my trilogy The Good, The Bad, and The Girl, in addition to getting Just One Look ready for upload.
By the time my tired, pain-racked husband arrived at 3am, I had finished the laundry, cleaned the kitchen, tidied the house, and transferred all the income tax crap to the kitchen table so that it looked as if I'd actually worked on it during the week instead of ignoring it.
Oh, and every hour I went to the computer to check the status of my ebook. Guess what? It's now more than 24 hours later, and my ebook still isn't live! However, it does show a product number now. That's progress, albeit of the slow kind. Stay tuned for another progress report
A watched pot never boils, and a watched ebook never goes live.