This weekend I finally decided to enter the jungle of self-publishing head on and get In The Flesh uploaded to the various distributors for the Android (Kobo), the Nook (Barnes & Noble) and iPads/iPhones/iDevices of all sorts, which meant iTunes. Since I was doing the full tour I decided to take this opportunity to correct the cover art for my POD (print on demand) version, this of course meant wading into the formatting bog of Createspace.
So with editing machete in one hand and FAQ’s in the other, Google my faithful guide I set forth into the tangled undergrowth of formatting and uploading, verifying and proofing that I knew from previous attempts to penetrate the labyrinthine depths awaited me. True I had been defeated before by clunky, if not impossible to follow interfaces and failures of proprietary software to verify and validate but this time I would prevail.
To my surprise Barnes & Noble had updated and simplified their self-publishing interface and my ePub uploaded with nary a hiccup. Unlike last time when the same file type crashed and crashed and crashed, leaving me no choice but to retreat, defeated and discouraged. My confidence bolstered by this unexpected reprieve I moved on to Kobo. To my growing delight, once I found the way to login to where I needed to (which took an hour but now I know how to find it so it’ll be a piece of cake in the future), the upload of my ePub went as smoothly as a cat drinking cream.
This left my self-publishing nemesis, iTunes. I went ahead and downloaded iBook creator and spent two days loading my novel into it. This should produce the kind of file iTunes will accept. It did produce a gorgeous format for my novel and I will be putting all of my future work through it for that reason alone. It took some doing and some tweaking of the cover art but it seems to have worked. I’ll know in a day or two.
So, gentle reader, as you may have noticed I now have links to In The Flesh for the Nook, Droid and Kindle. This is very exciting. The formatting of the POD version is such that the print copy will cost $17.99. It is a trade paperback. I couldn’t get it down to paperback size.
Also, because that is not enough exciting news there is more involving War In Flesh. I finished the editing, formatting and uploading around 11pm Saturday night and no sooner had I pushed the last “submit” button then inspiration struck. I spent a couple of hours writing an entirely new first chapter for War In Flesh and it is excellent. I even got started on a new second chapter Sunday. As always I hope you enjoy reading what I’ve written. K.
After having given up on Barnes and Noble for several months I went back today to see if I could figure out how to publish In The Flesh for the Nook. They changed their self-publishing interface in the interim and the new one is a breeze! I wish they were all this straight forward. Good job Barnes & Noble!
I have a very small ad appearing on the 7th and I’ve been making sure I get In The Flesh polished and uploaded everywhere I can. I just uploaded a revised edition to Kobo for the Android. I corrected the cover art for print on demand through Createspace and I’m just going to take a look at the Kindle version (which has been my go-to this whole time) to make sure I didn’t change anything while I was using it to update everywhere else. (Don’t ask, you don’t want to know.)
I have to say that not only do I love, love, love my new MacBook Air but I put In The Flesh though iBook Creator and wow did it pretty it up. I also, thanks to my wonderful husband, got Word to produce a table of contents so the Print On Demand version has that little nicety now too.
The Kobo self-publishing interface is a real pain, but not as bad as Createspace once you figure out the trick to it. As soon as In The Flesh is live on Barnes & Noble and iTunes I’ll include links for easy clicking. K.
I spent an enjoyable bit of time yesterday writing a good chunk of the first chapter of War In Flesh. Now, though I’m wondering if it shouldn’t be the second chapter. See, this is what happens when you don’t do a complete outline before diving into the work. I really should put down the chapter and write up the outline before I go any further. Then I’ll at least have an idea of what I want to have happen where and when in the book. Sure it may be more “organic” to just write as it comes but it’s a lot sloppier.
I’m still working out the details for the crisis the characters will face. I have the basic idea and some of the underpinnings for it. Lately I’ve been toying with the particulars of sub plots to bring it together and make it exciting and suspenseful.
Today, no more excuses, I will just have to get In The Flesh formatted for the Nook. I kind of put it on the back burner because it was taking up so much time trying to get everything to space correctly but now I simply must do it. I will update when it goes live for the Nook and I apologize to my Nook readers for the delay. Also I have not had the chance to borrow my friends Mac but I will try to do so this weekend and get In The Flesh up on iTunes. K.
I’m seriously reconsidering Smashwords. In order to publish to the number of platforms they do they require most of the formatting to be entirely stripped out of the manuscript and for it to be uploaded as a word document. When I tried to convert from a word document into the Kindle or even Nook platform it did really weird things to the formatting. I don’t want to spend days fighting with formatting to end up with a very cookie cutter style just because it’s the only thing they can get to go through their own “meatgrinder” software. I think I’ll just look into uploading to the various platforms myself. most of them take an epub format which is what the Nook takes.