After a week of seeing Ancien: Ages of Blood still in “processing,” I took the advice of someone on the Pubit forum and sent an email to Support. Just as the poster said, it worked. No reply, but when I checked three hours later, the story was finally for sale. What goes on during “processing,” and why can’t Barnes & Noble be as efficient as Smashwords about getting books out where potential buyers can find them? Tis a puzzlement. [Pissed off note]: I made a very small change in the book description just now. Result? It will take another 24-72 hours for the change to show up. With the possibility that I’ll have to nudge again. Another point for Smashwords.
By the way, the change was to add the approximate word count. Apparently, a lot of ebook buyers don’t have a clue about “kb,” which stands in for number of pages. Word count will help keep people from paying for one thing (a short story) and thinking they’re getting another (a novel).
On the desperate measures front, I’m writing down every single problem I’m having with the end of Crossing Boundaries, and working my way through them. Not another word goes into this chapter until all the ducks are in a row. It’s a lot of ducks.
I just signed up for a social networking site called She Writes. I’ve seen it mentioned several times by various writers, so I’ll give it a try. I’m being very priority-oriented about social networking/promotion since I don’t have the time or patience for much. I’ve dropped almost as many sites as I’ve joined, some because they’re thoroughly obnoxious, like Facebook, others because they have too little traffic or too few ways for members to interact. Right now, my blogs and my Goodreads membership are where I’m happiest.
Author Nathan Bransford has a new blog post worth looking at: Which Social Networks Do You Use? His answer, and the answers of some of the commenters, are scary. Where in the world do they find the time?