It is a strange mix of excitement, fear and relief to see the book finished and available for readers.
The experience wasn’t quite what I thought it would be…
What I learnt
Beta readers are essential. This story was tested repeatedly on my writing group and is certainly much stronger for it.
It took a lot more time than I thought to format and create a cover. It is relatively easy to find information and various options to do this on line. I also spent more time than was needed downloading conversion software. When it came to uploading the book into Amazon I could upload it as a word file and Amazon did the conversion. Of course this may be different for print versions (not offered with this book) or other platforms (more learning required).
Ease aside, it was useful to see the book in the right format to ensure it worked before I got to the point of uploading it.
Setting up the account on Amazon itself also took hours but now I’m set up it will only take a few minutes to upload the next one.
I spent a lot of time trying to create a cover and the artwork/images were more expensive than I thought they could be. I still have a lot to learn in this regard. I did create the cover in word, which was relatively easy and then converted the file to an image so that I could upload it.
I wanted to offer the book for free but with Amazon’s direct publishing that wasn’t possible. So I have made it as cheap as I can. It will be available for free over the Christmas week (22-26 December) as my Christmas present to you.
What I might do differently
The cover seemed to be an area of concern as it isn’t really my area. Next time I will start work on the cover sooner. Or call in some professional help.
Allow more time for the formatting. It is something I would like to start sooner but unfortunately can’t be done until the story is finished. Yet I might work on some templates to make the process earlier.
Will I do it again?
Yes – no doubt. Despite the learning curve it was actually easier than I thought it would be.
I am currently working on a publishing plan for next year. There are more books to come…including my first novel.
It was a little more involved than I first imagined. But now that I know how it works it should be easier next time, although I am more aware of the time taken to get it ready.
I started this with Stuffed Frogs and Spinning Teacups because it is one of my favourites. I hope you enjoy it too.