It’s taken a while. This self-publishing-going-completely-alone business hasn’t been easy. Yes I’ve been dogged by various problems, although I believe we’re supposed to call them “challenges” these days in order to avoid being accused of having a negative attitude! I’m not going to involve myself in semantics, they were whatever they were and now they are gone.
I have an ISBN number assigned to it. They sell ISBNs in minimum batches of ten @ £144 per batch. If I need to make any significant changes (other than grammatical errors/pricing/book cover etc.), I have nine left to play with.
I had troubles producing the book cover, partly through my own misunderstanding of the process, and partly through spending an age trying to reformat a Word document to a jpeg. I managed it in the end, but please don’t ask me how as I can’t remember. I tried so many ways that it has all become a bit of a blur. As it happens, the back cover is just a temporary one until I complete my favoured design for which I need to enlist a proper photographer.
“So where is it then?” I hear people ask. Ah… well there is still a delay. Although Amazon are satisfied that the product meets the required technical standards, I now have to have a copy to look through and proofread etc. before allowing mass (I hope) distribution. For next-to-no-cost delivery I would have to wait until August 11th (that’s this year) for the anticipated delivery date from the US. At a pay-through-the-nose cost I could have it delivered around July 1st. However, there is an intermediate pay-through-only-one-nostril option that should deliver at around 9th July. I’ve opted for this. It should give me enough time to make any necessary alterations to make it available worldwide before we take our much-deserved (I think) Caribbean holiday at the end of July/beginning of August.
Today, I treated myself to an ipad mini with a Bluetooth keyboard. I’m off to play with that now 🙂
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