Monday, June 15, 2020

Back to the Grind

I haven’t posted in over 6 months. No excuses. Just real life happening. Since my last post, I did get a job as a Med/Surg telemetry RN on nights. So, I have had to adjust to a whole new schedule. And then the COVID virus struck. I had to learn how to homeschool my grandson with the whole e learning bit. I have to say the last few months have not been boring. I figure I can commit to 2 blogs a month for now.

I have finally published Secrets of Jenkins Bridge on Amazon. It just went live today. Now I am learning (the struggle is REAL) how to use Adobe Photoshop to make my print cover version for the book so I can submit it for the print version. I just may need to find a book designer for this one!

I have to say I have a new appreciation for editors and publishers. Now I know the importance of proper formatting for just kindle alone. And it seems every other reader (B&N, Apple, Google etc) all have different formatting rules. Like I said...a new appreciation. If you want to be an indie writer, take everything into consideration. I did not know it would take me several hours…yes several…to format for kindle. And then another several hours to format for print version for kindle. And that is just Amazon.

I found Smashwords which seems to be a great place to publish ebooks and their “meatgrinder” (love the name) will run it through and format for all the different readers and sites. That is what I am currently working on-setting my manuscript back up for their standards and submitting it to them.

I did receive my rights back to The Wishing Wreath, the All I Want for Christmas anthology with SoulMate Publishing. I am considering putting it up for free on Amazon. It is such a great short story.

Indie authors, how did fare self-publishing? Do you have any little gold nuggets or suggestions for me?