Happy Tuesday! Well, I’m late and no I don’t mean that kind of late. I’m late publishing my first ebook.
I got myself a little bit hung up on the formatting of my ebook for Kindle Direct Publishing.
As you can well imagine there’s a lot of involved in digital publishing. Of course, there’s a lot of involved in any kind of publishing.
I thought I might share a little bit of a behind the scenes look at the processes of I’ve gone through so far.
If you are not interested in ever writing an e-book or interested in how it is written or the technical process associated with it, bounce off this blog immediately, and breathe a big sigh of relief. I will bore you no more.
If you’re still reading, check out my book cover. This is just one of the multitude of steps that are involved in publishing a book. A cover must be designed. This, of course, has nothing to do with writing and if you’re like me and have the least amount of creative initiative you want complete control over that so of course you’re going to design it yourself and this will take extra time.
So this is what I’ve done so far:
- Step 1: get divine inspiration.
- Step 2: decide that I’m a writer.
- Step 3: write down my crazy thoughts using Google Keep, Google Drive, and Scrivener.
- Step 4: build a blog website on WordPress for my writing.
- Step 5: get a MailChimp account.
- Step 6: get social media accounts on Instagram Facebook and Twitter.
- Step 7: post to my blog.
- Step 8: use Designrr to create an awesome ebook.
And this leads me to this point of formatting it for uploading to Kindle Direct Publishing. By the way, anyone who has an Amazon account can also use Kindle Direct Publishing you just use your same account info.
This is probably more than you ever wanted to know about how to write an e-book in your lifetime. And for that I’m sorry. I’m toying a little bit with the idea of maybe writing a little bit more detail about the steps I’ve been going through to produce this book. And for that you can stay tuned if you’re interested. If you’re not I won’t be offended if you simply closing my email as soon as I get technical.
Two points that I want to make before signing off:
1. This book will come out and it will come out soon I’m working very hard on the formatting and I promise this is the case.
2. I did not want to give the impression that I don’t love the technology that is available to us now. It’s just simply a big learning curve sometimes especially for those of us who didn’t grow up with it. It’s not necessarily a natural thing, but I think it’s just amazing the technology that we have available to use with our creativity.
We’re living in a super interesting time.
PS: I used Google Keep Talk to Text to write this blog post. I copied it to Google Docs which automatically saves it to Google Drive. Then I copy/pasted to Worpress.org for the blog post and Mailchimp for the email. Oh, I also have Grammarly installed on my desktop. It helps with my spelling and grammar.
This is pretty much the same as magic.
PPS: One day Google will take over the world. Be ready.