12/4 – Well, oops. Sing is sure enough showing up in genre categories, but one of them happens to be Historical Fiction. It’s sneaked into the Top 100 of that category, which is why I know it’s there, and before every historical fiction fan in the Amazon universe gets p.o.’d at me, I think I’d better see if there’s a way to get it out of there. I am absolutely sure I put it in Historical Romance, but it’s probably more likely that I screwed up than that Amazon’s database is wrong.
12/3 – Sing is finally showing up in genre categories on its product page. I think this is the last thing that needed to start showing on the page.
12/1 – After another delay because of furnace problems, I got Sing uploaded to Smashwords, and for those who need EPUB, lrf, or want pdf, it’s now available there.
11/29 – I’m even more dilatory than expected. It snowed here last night and so rather than drive my toy car on the roads to the library to upload the Smashwords version of Sing today, I’ve put it off until tomorrow. (Probably I’ve mentioned it here before, but I only have dial up internet at home and while it seems to be able to download anything given enough time, uploads are corrupt too often for me to take chances with files to publishers. So I take my netbook to the library and use their high speed wifi connection.) I have made good progress on formatting the paperback version and am about a third of the way through with that.
11/28 – I changed the setting for Comments so they just go down in a straight line in order made. I know I’ll like this format better. Hope everyone else does too.
I finished the Smashwords version of Sing last night. Am fighting a temptation to go back and edit some of my own predictions of when I’d get what done below, but maybe leaving it will help me be more accurate in the future. Part of the problem is I just hate what SW requires – a plain Word document they put through a converter. And I sell very few copies through SW but think it’s nice to make the book available in formats for those who have Sony ereaders, Nooks, Kobos and others, so I do it. I’ll get to the library and upload the SW version tomorrow and it will be on their site if I remember right in a day or two after that. Then all that’s left is the tedium of formatting for the paperback, but I don’t dislike it as much as the SW formatting because the end result is something attractive.
11/25 – The description is now on the product page, and I got the website updated, although by the time I finished it was really the 26th.
11/24 – Still no description on the product page. Thanks to all of you who have already bought a copy anyway. I’m not going to put a mention in any of the indie promo threads in the Amazon forums, Kindle Boards, or Mobile Reads until the description comes up. I don’t have the promised Afterword on the website yet. Should get that done sometime today.
11/23 – 3 p.m. Mountain Time – Sing comes up on a search of the title, although there is no description on the product page yet.
I uploaded Sing My Name to Amazon’s DTP about 2 p.m. today. As I remember, Eyes and RR were for sale and ready to go within three days. With the holiday I have no idea what will happen, but the Kindle version of Sing is now on its way.
For tonight I’m resting on my laurels, but tomorrow I’ll work on the Smashwords version (SW puts out versions that can be read on Sony, Nook, and Kobo ereaders). Once that’s done, I’ll turn to the formatting for the paperback.
For those who don’t know (and might care), I format my own books for the Kindle using html and MobiCreator. That allows me to upload a file that doesn’t need conversion. In fact I put the book on both my K1 and K3 last night and paged through. Call me persnickety, but I want my ebooks to have chapters start on new pages and a bit down the page and to have some other niceties (and I did master the Navigation Points that work for K2 and K3!). Smashwords requires upload of a very plain Word document that they then run through their converter they call the “Meat Grinder.” Gives you shivers to think about it, doesn’t it? It gets the job done, I suppose, but if you have a Kindle, I highly recommend for the same price, you get your books from Amazon. Of course if you want a large sample, SW does allow the author to set the percentage of the sample up to 50%, which is a plus.
I’m off to go sit with my feet up and actually read someone else’s book for a change. ~ Ellen