As some of you know, I began this journey about two months ago (give or take a week). I struggled so much, I decided to complain about it on a blog. I was so frustrated I was blogging every day. I am beginning to see a lot of things fall in place, slowly.
These little things that are falling into place are saving DAYS of frustration and aggravation for me. As a matter of fact, I have been so inspired, I was able to publish my second book in the Silly Sally & Alex series (really the third, but the one is considered a secret story and not published).
For the first book (on the left), I placed the picture on Word, then I added text below the image. This process was infuriating and I continuously messed up the format, the margins, the writing, anything you could think of. Not to mention, the invisible fonts were not embedded.
I placed text directly on the picture for the second book. The example is the right of the two photos below. I used a free tool on the web. The publishing company found no issues with the first steps of the process (so far, I will find out tomorrow if they still accept the pdf.).
My issues with the first book felt never-ending. I couldn’t stop getting the signals that something was wrong. For days I had at least three issues on each page. The second book I had only one problem on one page and it was my mistake I should have caught before the download.
I’m a little bummed I didn’t realize how easy I could have made my life just two weeks ago, but I am thrilled I know I can spit out books at a much quicker pace. As long as my artist’s block doesn’t come back…it is a thing, it’s when the picture doesn’t come out the way you want it and you get frustrated (kind of like a batting slump).
The novelettes I write I just cheat and use the template. It is a bit annoying at times, erasing the extra writing, but it works for now.
Another awesome idea I found out (okay, I stole this from a Guru), I e-mailed a company and added additional genres (categories) to my one book that I will be giving away free on Sunday. Saving Lisa is coming out on Saturday, I figure, give away the first in the series Wendy’s Song.
My favorite one of all I figured out myself. For those that know me, you are aware I am either obsessed or I lose focus. At this moment I am obsessed with my Author’s Rank. I jumped hundreds of thousands in one day because I added a print and have an ebook in pre-sale mode.
The gurus are right again. The more books you add to one company, the more they help you out in the ranks. I’m not sure if that is the reason or if I added my books to Amazon UK, Denmark, and France. It could be a combination of both, adding more books and going global. I guess that I didn’t figure out ALL on my own. I shouldn’t take credit for any of these findings, mainly when I’m not entirely positive on the reason.
The more I think about it, I need to thank them. The bloggers, the e-mail lists I am on (even if I complain I have too many to read), and all of the vloggers that are out there. Thank you for all of the information you share for free with us newbies. Yes, I do buy your products when I find it fits my needs and I get your ebooks if it seems to be beneficial.