Forgive the hashtags in the title (I know, I know!), but this blog is synced with twitter and I’m not in the mood to make a second twitter post. Anyway, I just did a massive update to my self-publishing checklist, which is extensively researched and real-time.
I’m close, guys, real close. This is really going to happen! Just over a month to go; I’m so excited I could barely sleep last night. It’s all coming together nicely.
Some new things on the list: I decided to do print-on-demand with createspace, choosing the 5″ X 8″ template with cream paper and a glossy cover. The book is 416 pages in this format (!), which I am strangely very happy about (it is, after all, fantasy!). It was a big pain in the ass to format the book properly, but next time it’ll be easy because I’ll know what to expect (in fact, I urge all authors who are thinking of using createspace to use one of their templates when starting a new book in Word!).
You’ll also notice that there’s a three month window after the release of book 1 in what’s called KDP select. I’ve chosen to enroll the first book in this Amazon exclusive program as an experiment. The downside is that I won’t be releasing the book to any other distribution source (kobo, smashwords, etc) until after that three month exclusivity window expires. Which means, for my fellow Canadians without a kindle, a second release date (Mar 1).
Now I’m off to draft the hard copy spine and cover via createspace – wish me luck! :)