My goal Tuesday was to get a book that was originally published by Bantam’s Loveswept up on Amazon as an e-book. This shouldn’t have been a difficult task. Last winter I’d retyped the story, following the formatting guidelines for the Kindle. Three weeks ago I created a cover for the book. I’d already created a blurb for the story, had proofread the ms, and felt it was ready to go. Oh, and my husband is in Florida, so I had the day to myself.
Or sort of.
I had made an appointment with a groomer to have Zuri bathed and his nails trimmed, but I didn’t feel that would be a problem. I was to drop him off at one o’clock and pick him up at five. That alone gave me four hours of uninterrupted work time.
What I didn’t consider is how much time Life takes.
The day started out all right: I was up at seven, took Zuri outside for a quick pee, fed him, fixed myself coffee and some breakfast and watched a bit of news. When Zuri wanted to go for his “long” walk earlier than usual, I figured that was great…it would give me a longer block of uninterrupted time.
But then the text messages and phone calls started. I needed to talk to my son-in-law, and what I’d planned on being a short call ended up being longer than expected. And then there was my husband. I think I goofed when he asked if I missed him…and I paused too long. I decided then I’d better talk to him as long as he wanted. Next a neighbor called and invited me to dinner. I declined for that night, but did accept for Thursday night. And, again, it really is a bit rude to say, “Okay, thanks for the invitation, good-bye.) So we talked for a while.
By then I felt I needed to check my e-mails, and I discovered that a writer I’ve been trying to get together with for a week had emailed me that she’d be available at one o’clock, How about me? Well, I set the time for one fifteen, and after dropping off the dog, I met my friend at a local coffee shop. And we talked, and talked, and talked. It was great talking to her; it was also now two thirty.
During my “uninterrupted” hours, I did do a modification on the book’s cover (added that it was a romantic suspense), and I gave the ms one more quick check, and then saved it as a filtered HTML (whatever that means). I reread the book’s description and decided that needed a little more work, so I studied how some other e-books were described and then went back and worked on mine. And I made a list of tags to use so readers could find the book if searching for a story that involved special effects, an eye doctor, an Oscar winning special effects creator who’d been accused of murder, a town in the Sierra Nevada, or domestic violence.
All was going well until I realized it was time to pick up my dog, and I discovered while bathing him, they’d dislodged a scab he had on his back leg, and they’d had to put a bandage on the area since it kept bleeding. That would have been fine, but the bandage only stayed on for an hour after I brought Zuri home (Don’t ask me how he got it off), and he was now bleeding all over the carpet. So you know what I was doing for part of the evening. Wonder Dust seems to have stopped the bleeding, and I’m hoping all those wet spots on the carpet dry without leaving a stain. After that, I decided to call it a day. So my goal for today is: Upload an e-book.
If you look for HAUNTED (originally titled Dark Temptation) on Amazon, you’ll know if I succeeded.