Last night, after two days of trying to get my newly completed novel “The Waves of Fate” published on Amazon Publishing and Amazon Kindle, I finally was able to get it loaded and approved.
I’d like to say it took so long to do so because of them having a crummy web site but I’d be dishonest if I did so. The problem is that I’m not the greatest at following directions or with technology. I didn’t realize that you couldn’t simply load a word document into one that took another format. First I had to put into a pdf format then get it on a 6×9″ format, then get all the margins just right which continued to have to change as I shrunk the area down in size and the number of pages increased.
All told, it took me about ten mind-bending hours of work and having to continually go through the entire novel to make sure all of the chapter starts were in the right spot. It got to the point where I thought I would never get it right.
The good news is I got it completed and the manuscript was accepted and loaded up on the Amazon site for both print on demand and kindle.
The additional good news in it all is that I learned an awful lot about my computer, publishing, format and so much more.
So why did I go through all of this? Well, as an author of little notoriety there aren’t many, if any, large publishers in this day and age who are willing to give an advance or a contract to folks with little to no notoriety. Many , like me, have gone to contributory publishers or vanity presses who charge for a part of the cost of publishing a work.
Well, first of all, I don’t have that kind of money at the present time and secondly even if I did I wouldn’t go that route again. My first publisher is now defunct and neither that one or the second seems to want to pay royalties that are due.
So even if there still is a stigma to self publishing, which I doubt there should be, I’m perfectly happy with the opportunity I have to have my book published with Amazon Publishing, which, by the way is free.
And although they do not provide any editing services, truth be told, my former publishers didn’t do such a great job anyway and hopefully, after about seven re-writes and edits that I performed myself, I shouldn’t be any worse off anyway.
Thanks for checking in this week and I hope you will at least check out my new novel and if you do read it thanks in advance and please give me your feedback as good or bad it helps me to become a better writer. In the interim I hope you have a great week.