Today I submitted my files for publishing. I’m starting on Amazon for ease of use. Mid-afternoon I finished the submissions and got everything done. The ebook version is already up for sale. Wow, that was fast. The paperback version is still under review for quality control, but the prescreen showed no issues.
I did a thing! For the past two weeks I had been spending my afternoons preparing the manuscript, learning how to use the converter programs, dealing with cover art, and more. It’s been a journey and an adventure, though not as exciting as what my character goes through. Still, it was exciting and stressful and nerve-wracking, and wonderful.
I can’t wait to have a physical copy of my book, so I can read and enjoy it over and over again, easily looking things up if I need to as I write the next books in the series. I’m almost halfway through writing the second book, so a couple of months and it’ll be up for sale, too.
The most surprising part of the process was seeing the book being turned into an actual print ready file. I got to choose book size and learned how many pages the finished book was going to be. Since it was written in word in normal view, 8.5” x 11”, it wasn’t even 200 pages, though I had the word count right around 80 000 words. Seeing how many pages it was as I played with book size was fascinating.
The software made turning the file into books incredibly easy. I’m pleased with how well it went and how intuitive it was. As I have two more books coming up in the next few months, it’s reassuring to know the publishing stages are so simple. I can focus on making the best book possible and writing stories I love. For now, I rest and celebrate, after two weeks of learning and solid work. CELEBRATE!
I’ve been writing stories for myself for years. Now, I’m a published author. No genre is off limits, though I have some favorites.