For those of you who don’t already know, my go-to position whenever I have to tackle formatting issues for my ebooks is the fetal position. A true classic, it really seems to lend itself to that particular activity and comes quite naturally to me in times of technology-induced stress. It sure did this weekend!
Hard to type that way, though…
But anyway, I soldiered on because I’m hoping to make my books available on more than just Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and what’s cool about Smashwords is that an author can upload a manuscript to the Smashwords site, and then Smashwords will churn out appropriate digital versions that meet the technical requirements for a lot of online book vendors. Like iTunes, Kobo, etc. The only thing the author has to do is format his or her manuscript to Smashwords specifications. Piece of cake, right?
Dang, my body almost went into “fetal lockdown mode” just at the memory.
But my books appear to have made it through the first phase of the approval process, the automated part; now I just have to wait for an actual human being to tell me if I screwed anything up. Could take several days. I predict much chocolate and ice cream will be consumed during that waiting period. By me, at least. I don’t know about the folks at Smashwords.
But while there’s a lot of stress involved with this particular side of writing sometimes, it’s alleviated a little bit when one wakes up to see a review like the one I got this morning from my first Smashwords sale:
“I came across this book by chance and found the description intriguing. After enjoying the sample, I quickly purchased the entire story. Being a writer myself, it usually takes a lot to pull me away from my own work, but Playing Cupid did so with surprising ease…”
For those of you who would like to read the entire review (I’m talking mostly to my mother here, I know), click here.
And now I’m off to find chocolate…