Friday, July 19, 2013
I think I just published a book
I mean, for reals.
Earlier today I pressed the "publish" button on Amazon, and now it appears that the book I wrote is actually available for purchase.
This is an exciting and terrifying moment. I know it's been a while since I first mentioned writing a book, and I wouldn't blame anyone for thinking I'd abandoned the project altogether.
The fact is that writing a novel turns out to be more difficult than you might expect. Or at least, more difficult than I expected (which is my life story, by the way). Because I decided to self-publish, I had to find people who could edit for me (I took full advantage of my free resources: journalism friends). I had to accept that, even after several rounds of editing, the book would retain some flaws. It's my first attempt at writing fiction and while I'll always be my harshest critic, I will say I believe this book is a quick and humorous read, good for a beach vacation. My audience is going to be mainly female, and I hope that if and when they read it, they feel affirmed.
For now, I've published only on Amazon. I'm trying out a program for authors that requires me to publish only on Amazon for 90 days. The upside is that Amazon Prime customers can get the book for free as part of Amazon's check-out-one-free-book-a-month thingy. Otherwise, the book will obviously be available on all Kindles, plus ipads and iphones for $2.99. After the 90 day period, I'll be uploading elsewhere, so the book will be available on a variety of devices. What are your favorite e-readers?
Meanwhile, the sequel to Bigger is in the works, as is another book (but it's science fiction) that I started last November. Now that Bigger is out, I definitely feel the incentive to get the next one done. Of course, there's that other baby I'm cooking right now, due out this November, so we'll just see how that goes.
Thanks so much to everyone who's followed along. All of your encouragement has been very uplifting! I've never felt deserving, but I gobble it up greedily. If you're interested in the book, please take a look and if you don't mind, leave a review on Amazon. I'm a complete newby at this marketing thing, but I'm working on it. Also, if you notice any mistakes, please let me know since I can fix them fairly easily!