A little bit of this, a little bit of that. I have been working on so many things lately, my mind is a jumble. Last Friday I thought I had my previously published romance, LYON’S PRIDE, ready to upload to Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. Actually I did upload the file, but then I started reading through the preview (before hitting the PUBLISH button) and I discovered a slew of mistakes I’d missed. Little mistakes, but the kind that catch a reader’s eye and pull the reader out of the story. (A missing quote mark, a typo that totally changed the tense of a verb and another that changed the meaning of a word.)
So it was back to the file and another read through. I hope I caught all of the errors. (But I wouldn’t bet on it.) There are times when we simply see what we want to see.
After I uploaded the cleaner version of the file and did click PUBLISH, I went onto Amazon to see how the book looked. Wouldn’t you know it, there are three other books titled Lyon’s Pride, two of them written by Anne McCaffrey (a well-known scifi author) and all three are listed before my book.
(By the way, I also received a message today from Ricardo at Reedsy.com saying he saw a blog I posted a few years ago about titles. At Reedsy.com they’ve come up with a book title generator https://blog.reedsy.com/book-title-generator/ that he wanted me to mention. So I’m mentioning it. Some of the titles were funny, and no, I’m not endorsing the site.)
Okay, back to my books. I wanted to see how Lyon’s Pride was listed with the rest of my books, so I typed in my name and started scrolling down the page. Halfway down were two books I didn’t write. Sponsored books. How nice. I found four sponsored books on each page of listings. Some looked pretty interesting. Oh, wait, this is supposed to be a listing of my books.
What was really strange was the pricing of some of my books. I know these are third party sales, but $690.55 for a hardcover copy of As the Crow Flies? Really? The other day I saw a used copy of one of my books for over a thousand dollars. It wasn’t there today. Did someone really buy it? I doubt it.
Today I uploaded the file for Lyon’s Pride to D2D (Draft2Digital) without any problems. Feeling pretty proud of myself, I decided to upload the file to Smashwords. I guess I should have read the guidelines again. (It’s been a couple years since I uploaded a file there.) First I had my descriptions too long for their requirements, so I had to rework those. Then I discovered they didn’t like the way I’d created my table of contents.
Back to the guidelines. Two hours later, I had a table of contents that passed muster and a backache from sitting at the computer.
Overall it’s been an interesting week. Oh yes, my husband and I also bought a boat. Kuan Yin IV now lives with us.
And that’s that.