I am not a patient person, so it’s remarkable that I’m tenaciously pursuing the publication of this book. For the record, it has taken me over six months to learn, understand and implement the manuscript process. Beginning with my own devices (I can do this!) I struggled to create a layout in Microsoft Word, having been told that this was the “way to go.” After watching lines, headings and chapters shift and shimmy all over the place, I gave up and paid $50 for a pre-formatted template. Even then, I was forced to go back and make multiple changes. Adding all the photographs and illustrations was tricky, too, because they have to be inserted properly.
Finally, I went through CreateSpace to upload my manuscript to Kindle as an eBook and Amazon as a print-on-demand offering. The moment I pressed “send”, I was told that the book was now a print piece (even though I was attempting to format an eBook) and was ready for orders. What? When? How?
I became my first customer, and received the book in the mail last week. I’m glad I took the time to do this – they did a lousy job printing the beautiful cover that artist Shaune Thompson designed for the project.
So it’s back to the drawing board. Or the formatting board. Oh yes, and someone made the comment that the cover might give the impression that this is the memoirs of a call girl, as in someone who “markets” her ass. I never looked at it quite that way, but it’s true – it would make a great title for a madame’s adventures. I will make sure the subhead is more obvious, in order to manage reader expectations.
In the meantime, while I sort out the last stages of production, please hang in there. I know a few of you are eager to read what I wrote, and I’m even more eager to finalize and share it. But I don’t want to rush it and regret it later. We’re getting there.