Well, blimey, Making Friends with the Crocodile is now published on Kindle and is up on Amazon as we speak!
About a week ago, I reached the point where I felt that the editing was finally complete, or, at least, if it wasn’t, then I might just pick at it for ages without really making any further difference, and so it was time to get the process finished.
What a relief.
It feels as though I have been under pressure for weeks. I’ve felt tired, I’ve felt tense.
Ooh, I’ve been irritable!
All this pressure, of course, is of my own making. A lot of it, I suspect, being due to this being my first foray into publishing.
I knew that I needed to format my text for Kindle, and heard that Scrivener was a useful tool for that. And so I downloaded Scrivener, and spent a couple of hours working through the tutorial until I decided that it just wasn’t going to happen for me.
I’m sure it is very useful, but I was getting to the point where I felt like chucking the laptop at the wall.
So I went and looked in detail at the instructions for publishing on Kindle, and found that you could just save your file in the correct format and then upload that.
Bye, bye Scrivener.
I looked at a few Kindle books and then wrote the stuff at the front and back of the book – about copyrights and stuff like that.
I inserted my table of contents.
I already had my book cover ready.
I wrote the blurb:
‘Siddiqa was only just into her teens when she was forced to leave her home to live with her new husband and his family in another village. The years have passed, and now Siddiqa has three children of her own. Her grown up son has brought his new wife, Naira, to live with them, so Siddiqa is no longer the lowliest in the household, for she has a daughter-in-law.
Life in rural India is particularly harsh for women. This novel explores themes of female oppression and tradition and asks whether the next generation will find life any easier.’
Working out how to upload to Kindle, and to complete all of the forms and tick boxes proved a little long winded, but reasonably straightforward.
So then, suddenly, there it was. Sitting on Amazon, available for pre-order, with a launch date of 4th June. Although for some reason, unfortunately, pre-order is not available in India.
And now it feels much like stepping off of a crowded and noisy street into summer sunshine; the sounds of the shouting and the traffic disappearing and being replaced by birdsong.
And what a buzz to go and look at my own author page on Amazon, with my own book there!
For the moment, as I say, it is only available for pre-order, and will be released on 4th June. But if anyone does feel inclined to buy it, pre-orders will help boost the ratings when it actually launches.
I am going to look again at Print on Demand, in a day or so. Initially, I had ruled it out, mainly because the one site that I looked at required the customer (i.e. me) to order and pay for a set number in advance, and I assumed that would always be the case, but now I think that is possibly not so. Certainly, the Amazon tool, CreateSpace, looks as though it might work more the way that Kindle does.
It will be great if it does, since I really prefer to have a physical copy of a book, and I know there are still a few other people out there who still feel that way.
So…now to get my head around promotion…