What Self Publishing is Like for the Inexperienced New Author

This whole process has been a lot more difficult than I originally thought it would be. After reading all about others who have self published as new authors, it seemed as though it would be a fairly easy process, that wouldn’t take too much time at all. This is something that could very well be true, and I’m hoping proves to be, with my next book.

There were quite a few issues and certain things I could have avoided, if I didn’t act so impulsively. Like, the many proof versions I ordered prematurely. However, these did help in seeing where some changes were necessary within formatting, and so forth.

Kindle eBook version is what drove me the craziest, in this whole process. I still haven’t been able to get the formatting just right. I don’t believe I ever will, at this point. I’ve taken a good look into Kindle e-book’s I have, and they all seem to have the problem that I too, face.

Often, I would wake in the morning and run to my computer, ready to upload yet another change made to the manuscript, or cover.

What I haven’t gotten into yet, regarding (self) publishing as a new author, is the emotion of it all. The emotion is all over the place; constantly bouncing high to low – you’re in, you’re out. I was in, but there were definitely certain moments I wanted to pull it all apart, and say ya know what, I’m not going to do this. It’s too frightening. But, I also had those fleeting instances of complete euphoria that put everything back into perspective, and helped me to proceed onward.

Self-doubt and inner conflict is something I’d written about in 636: A Path to Higher Consciousness. It’s something we all tend to experience from time to time, I believe. Reaching a Higher Consciousness, and having a higher sense of awareness, doesn’t necessarily take conflict away – whether internal or external. We do, however, learn to make peace with it. We learn how to understand it more clearly and either, accept it, or work to change it.

With that being said, time for some exciting news!

I was planning on writing this part of the Blog post on Monday, but as it turns out, 636: A Path to Higher Consciousness is available as both, Kindle and Paperback on Amazon, now!

Click here to see a preview and/or purchase, in either format. Also, available through Kindle Unlimited: https://read.amazon.com/kp/embed?asin=B08H1MGG8S&preview=newtab&linkCode=kpe&ref_=cm_sw_r_kb_dp_LupxFbQF13XP7

I’ve been in communication with a narrator, and will be working with her soon for the Audiobook. I plan on it being available sometime within the next couple of months, if not sooner.

Please don’t hesitate to leave a review on Amazon for 636: A Path to Higher Consciousness, after finishing your copy. Your feedback is greatly appreciated and is a huge help to me as a writer. It’s also a help to others, in finding the right book for their needs.  

I’m planning on doing a Q&A blog post in the not-too-distant future, in case any readers have questions for me as a writer, or about the book. Stay tuned for that, and be sure to check back for updates in the meantime!

Thank you all for your support. It truly means the world to me!

Almost there!

All Things Book Related

For a new author, writing a book and self-publishing it from start to finish can be a very long and difficult process. I have finally completed the cover to satisfaction after the hundredth time. Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but probably not by much. I should have taken a screen shot of my desktop and all the .png’s, .jpg’s and .pdf’s I saved, then deleted after realizing I’d have to use a cover creator from KDP (Amazon) anyway. Even after using the creator, I noticed the image was stretched out, and worked on that for another few hours yesterday.

Aside from the cover, the formatting was the most difficult, especially when having to format for both Kindle and paperback, individually. It seems once you upload it after reviewing it again, and again, making all necessary changes, it still doesn’t seem to upload in the chosen format. Well, this seems to only be so for Kindle E-Book, not paperback.

Without getting into all the technicalities and boring you, I’ll just say I’m not crazy about using Kindle Create for the document upload, and would much rather use my own .doc or .docx – which for paperback, works like a charm. However, Kindle Create is the way I’ve gone, because using the Word document is actually more difficult for Kindle E-book version.

There are still one or two quirks I’d like to work out but, both paperback and Kindle versions are almost ready. At this point, I’m planning on both versions being available for purchase by mid to late next week. (I’ll provide a link when available.) The quirks I’d like to work out are in Kindle version. Although it’s extremely imperative that both versions are absolutely perfect to how I want them to look, I might have to accept that I don’t have absolute control over everything when it comes to the complete layout and format, with Kindle.

Next, I will be working on setting up the Audio Book version. 

All Things Related to This Blog and Site

The fact that I tend to work backwards, hasn’t helped matters at all. I researched, and researched the correct way to go about every step in the publishing process, making sure to set up a blog to help support the book. I also went about that process backwards it seems. So, anyone following this blog will receive a notice of an update of the privacy policy sometime after October 15, 2020, as I will be transferring the hosting of verajskye.com.

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