Yesterday was a day of accomplishments–and frustration. I published Privileged Lives on Smashwords and added Hidden Boundaries to Amazon’s KDP. Which was the easiest? KDP, by far. But that was mostly because I had a formatting problem in the front matter of Privileged Lives that seemed determined to defeat me. Starting fresh this morning, I finally figured out the most likely solution, and it worked. Thank goodness, getting through Smashwords’ meatgrinder is fast these days, because I uploaded three or four new versions before I got the formatting right.
The frustrations? Just a generally bad day for concentrating and paying attention to vital details. Otherwise, I would have caught the formatting problem without so much struggle. It was a day of many “oops,” but it’s over. The next one will be along soon.
The Privileged Lives sample was downloaded three times before I got the formatting straightened out, and none since. I have no idea how many people might have turned away because all they saw was the wonky HTML online sample. Two copies of Hidden Boundaries sold on Amazon overnight, but I’m not counting on any more until I start getting the word out.
Catching up with myself mostly means housework (of course). But I’m starting to move toward making myself a little more known on the web. I just signed up on Authonomy, which seems to be a good place to upload work to attract new readers. You could think of it as the adult version of Wattpad. You can upload whole books, but there’s a minimum of 10,000 words. They’re serious about rating and reviewing, so there’s not much room for “you rate me and I’ll rate you” or heavy self-promotion. Of course, part of the attraction for most writers is the chance to rate high, be seen, and possibly get a contract from Harper Collins. I’ll see how it goes and report back now and then.
Links for Privileged Lives and Hidden Boundaries? I’ll try to get to that later.