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Thursday, February 10, 2011

Downloaded "Whisper" to Amazon

Ok, so I am slow.  I never claimed to be the sharpest crayon in the box, and I am not.  I published my first novel on Smashwords dot com almost two weeks ago.  I thought it would end up on Amazon's web site along with the other places it will eventually end up on once it gets past the Manual Review and hopefully accepted into their Premium Catalog.  Well, I was mistaken.  It took a while reading through the questions and answers section on their site to figure out what people (other authors) are doing is publishing on Amazon and on Smashwords.

So after this realization hit me midway through yesterday, last night when I got home I took the Smashwords stuff off my cover art, re-sized it to Amazons specifications.  Took the Smashwords stuff off of the copyright page, and went through adding page breaks at the end of each chapter.
Then I walked myself through the downloading process to publish my story on Amazon.  Pretty painless after the experience I gained from getting my story ready for Smashwords.  I made sure I used the file that I corrected three times, and re downloaded to Smashwords three times, after it was initially published with them. 

It is a process and learning experience.  For my next book "No Rules of Engagement", I know what I need to do to both versions to get them ready for E-Publishing.  I will publish it on both sites on the same day when I publish it.  I have learned a lot about formatting word documents, re-sizing J-Peg art work, and publishing in just the last two weeks.  I will be better prepared when I finish editing my second book.  The unfortunate part is I have not written a single word on book three (the Sequel to Whisper) in the last two weeks.  I need to find a way to split what time I have to write into editing and writing so that neither suffers and both progress at least a little bit every day.  


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