Oops, I published my book today on Amazon!

Remember the Moon, CoverOn Tuesday, I was emailing agent queries, still uncertain if I should hold tight and try publishing my book traditionally. My current agent turned down the book because she doesn’t believe in psychics. Or that was the excuse anyway. Maybe it sucks. Hopefully it doesn’t. Judging from some of the comments I’ve already had, it doesn’t totally suck and people seemed to like it! They really liked it!

Ok, back to Tuesday. Emailing agents and I thought why am I doing this? I co-founded a start-up that bases it’s business on self publishing (Writer.ly), so perhaps I should walk the walk.

Yesterday, I worked at compiling my book using Scrivener  (awesome program for writers). That said, compiling to an eBook on Scrivener takes a certain talent and a deep knowledge and understanding of the Compile menu. I recompiled over and over and over until I got it just right. I even created drop caps (those large first letters that begin each chapter in many books) using a free trial of Sketch where I created the letters in 64 point type and exported them as little PDF files and imported them into Scrivener.  I spent WAY too many years in the desktop publishing world.

Finally, last night, I downloaded it to my Kindle to see how it looked, and Voila! I had it just the way I wanted it. And so I went to Amazon’s KDP  and through a few very easy steps, it was done. It takes up to 48 hours to process, but by 9:00am this morning, I was live!

Holy cow! I am not at all ready. I threw a post on Facebook and then got to work on a couple of MailChimp emails to make the initial announcement. And now here I am here, writing a post that I’ve published a book!

I’ve added all the info about the book in the area to the right, so check it out.

And if you read it and can remember, I would love you forever if you could write an Amazon review for me. Those are like gold and I didn’t do a very good job of asking for them for Alchemy, so I thought I try doing a better job this time.

Thanks to all who’ve supported me through this process. It’s been a crazy ride!

6 Comments

  1. Karen February 12, 2014 at 12:42 am

    Is this also going to be a book?

    1. Abigail Carter - Site Author February 12, 2014 at 12:51 am

      If you mean a printed book as well as an eBook, then yes. I do plan to do a print version as well. That’s a whole new learning curve! 🙂

  2. Mark February 14, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Good on you Abigail! I’m sick of the whole agency thing. I took a class on how to market my book to agents and by the end of the class, I was convinced that it was not for me. But as I go about trying to get reviews from the “official” reviewers at the BIG 4 – LibraryJournal, ALA Booklist, Kirkus and PublishersWeekly, I realize that the system still skews to the big publishers. They have rules like, “if an author paid for any of the production of the book, then it does not qualify”. So, since I believe in my book and want to maintain the integrity of it by retaining control of it…it must not be worth their time. I get it. There’s tons of crap out there and agents and editors are supposed to weed through that. BUT, as Morgan Page said, “There’s a change in the air”.

    Best of luck to you Abigail. And, keep up the hard work.

    1. Abigail Carter - Site Author February 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm

      Mark,

      Thanks for your comment. I am feeling your same pain trying to get review of the book. It is an uphill battle for sure. All we can do is plug away, little by little. Luck seems to be a very big part of the game. I wish you tons of it on your endeavor. Thanks for commenting. Abby

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