Monday, November 7, 2011

Smashwords

I just wanted to let you all know that THE LADY'S FATE, is now available on Smashwords. 

If I've learned nothing else from this experience of self-publishing it's how to format for every single type of e-reader available.  With the time change, I was up at the ungodly hour of 4 am, and with nothing to do, I decided to try and upload to Smashwords.  Which I did, but it kept bouncing back to me saying that my file was too big.  So I had to "strip it".  Which means, I had to take out ALL the formatting. 

ALL the formatting.  And then reformat the entire document.  It took me all day Sunday.  4 am to 4 pm.  I kid you not.  12 hours.  I had to learn a  bunch of new techniques and then re-upload the document.  But by 6 pm it was "pending" with no glitches.  So I was a happy girl when I went to bed last night. 

Hah!  And I though the learning curve for the Kindle was hard.  That was a cake walk compared to yesterday. 

But now I know how to do it.  And yes, I am very proud of myself.  I never, ever thought in a zillion years, that I would ever know how to do things with a computer that would end up becoming a book.  A published book at that. 

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

11 comments:

  1. You will be an expert...and should consider becoming a consultant to all us clueless writers who couldn't imagine doing anything so technologically challenging! Yay Anne!

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  2. Oh, wow, you have been busy! SO proud of you! :)

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  3. I agree with Liza! I'm so proud of you. (Still waiting on my Kindle. It's one of those pre-ordered deals, a new up-dated version that will be sent out when they get it. I'm so excited I can't hardly stand it!)

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  4. Liza -- No, not an expert my any means. But the desk is strewn with notes which I should put in a folder for safe keeping.

    Bridget -- Busy busy busy.

    Bish -- Thanks. I can feel your excitment through the internet.

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  5. Oooh, your blog is so pretty!

    Yes, it's funny how writing in today's age has made us all so much more tech-savy. :-)

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  6. Jennifer -- Thanks. I love it over here. So peaceful. and yeah, the technology. Some days I hate it, some days it makes my life so much easier and I wonder how I lived without it.

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  7. Congratulations, Anne, I am in awe of your many talents! So proud of you, your dedication and determination inspire me *hugs*.

    ~bru

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  8. Congratulations Anne. I shall have to check out your book. Smashwords is such a great tool.

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  9. Good for you! I would have collapsed in tears after the first five hours.

    In September, I got to hear Mark Coker speak and saw him demonstrate how to upload a book and he made it look so easy. Ha!

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  10. Bru -- Thanks so much. It's always nice to see you here.

    Michael -- Thanks. Smashwords is interesting to say for sure.

    Anne -- Believe me, the air was quite blue for awhile. It acutally is easy, unless, like me you don't know what you're doing.

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  11. Formatting can be such a pain, but congrats on getting it done and on sale!

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