Well, I did a thing. And I’m very proud of said thing. What is it? It’s a book!!! (!!!)
Yup, I have a book coming out via Kindle in the next 4 days. It’s a book of eight speculative short stories and I’m very proud of it, called A Blatantly False History of the World, and you can learn more about it under the “books” tab above.
Where can I get this fabulous book, you ask? It’s in review, and will come out sometime in the next few days. It evidently takes 4 days for Kindle to review your book and put it on the web. They’ll let me know when it’s live, and I’ll let you know when it’s live. And then you can get the fabulous book.
Why, you ask? Well, first of all why not. But second of all, I intend for this book to be a test-balloon of sorts. It has my best writing and a fancy cover, and I have already used it to learn how to format an e-book on the Kindle site. I now intend to use it to learn how to market a book. This is in prep for the release of Blue Gentian in a few months.
Yup, Blue Gentian is all but ready to go! I have heard back from several beta readers on it, and reaction has been pretty positive. I have some stuff to fix, but I don’t have a major re-write to do or anything. That was good news. I’m hoping to have Blue Gentian out by the end of April, but it might be sooner if I can get my act together. Or, perhaps better wording would be if the Small Boy who lives in my house lets me get my act together.
I’ll report back on how things go, so hopefully someone else can benefit from my mistakes.
The first thing I can offer is this I downloaded and used the Kindle Word Add-On to format the book and found it VERY easy to use. Like, so simple it was crazy. I had heard horror stories of format-tweaking nightmares when publishing e-books and this wasn’t that at all. I honestly just copied and pasted my words, selected the format I wanted, and called it a day. I’m at 100 pages, and it literally took me 4 hours to do everything, including creating the cover and gathering the stories from the different folders I had them stored in. The tool is in Beta, but I would recommend it. I also enjoyed the free Kindle Previewer that came with it. I tweaked a few things based on the preview – mostly the size of the chapter headings – and found it useful and calming to know that it looked good on all 3 devices.
Next up? Marketing. I’m not sure how or what yet, but I’m sure some research will do the trick and I’ll have copies up on Netgalley (or something… is that even for e-books?) very soon.
So, I think that in 4 days we’ll be able to officially call me a published author. Exciting stuff!