I want to start off by saying that while self-publishing is probably the single hardest thing I’ve ever done (I’m putting it ahead of graduating college, getting my class A CDL, getting married, and actually writing the book) I can’t wait to start the process all over again with the next book. I have learned a lot in the past couple of months as I’ve run around like a chicken with my head cut off. For example, I learned tonight that I can figure out Apple software faster than Apple support can figure out what I’m talking about. I may end up devoting an entire blog-post to how annoying publishing through iTunes is, but that’s neither here nor there.
Getting my book up on all the different platforms has been a head-spinning adventure. Getting the paperbacks physically here on time for the Release Party… that was nearly a miracle. There’s nothing like approving a proof, then going to upload the HTML file to Amazon only to be told (by Amazon, because Word somehow totally missed this) that you spelled “nineteen” (of all things) wrong (in a title header of all places)and having to start the whole two-day proof process for Createspace all over again. Let’s just hope I didn’t miss anything else in the online proof, because I didn’t have time to order physical paper proofs again.
I can’t wait to see everybody who plans on coming out to the party tomorrow. I’m still bad at this whole publicity thing though, so if you haven’t seen the details on this yet you can find them here.