The state of this author is frazzled.
The only thing I’ve really self-published before were ebooks; the print collection Memory of Stone came later, and there wasn’t necessarily a ton of excitement about it; it wasn’t new per se.
Hunter’s Redoubt is entirely new. And I have discovered that while uploading ebooks is simple and clean, uploading files for print books is … not. Little things have to be adjusted. Big things have to be adjusted. The book is at the maximum length that Amazon will print, which means some of those adjustments are difficult to make. But Amazon’s processing tells you immediately when you have to make adjustments.
IngramSpark’s processing does not. I know I uploaded the wrong cover file for IngramSpark because neither I or my designer understood what needed to be uploaded (it seems very counterintuitive, tbh). But I can’t cancel the process and upload the correct cover file. I have to wait. For 3 – 5 business days. And then upload the correct cover file and wait for another 3 – 5 business days.
Eva Wilhelm has been uploading her finished chapters as she goes, and I’ve been uploading those to FindAway, the distribution platform. But that, at least, I’ve done three times now, so I foresee no ulcers in that process. (She says, knocking wood.)
I wanted to wait to post anything until all of the various parts were lined up.
But I also want to post the sample chapters I generally post before a book is published.
So there’s been a lot of spinning in circles.
In the meantime, the revisions for Cast in Atonement have arrived, far earlier than they usually do. But I haven’t been able to dig myself out of the Hunter’s Redoubt print SNAFU to really look at the revision letter or to arrange to talk to the editor.
I am going to put the Hunter’s Redoubt chapters up, which means the book page will go live. The publication date is set for 30th of October — but the print on demand books aren’t quite there yet. Amazon was (relatively) simple. Ingram may be simple? But Amazon takes about five minutes to evaluate whether or not your uploads are print read; Ingram takes “3 – 5” business days to assess. During that time, there’s nothing I can do. Any mistakes I’ve made during this first-time endeavor will have to be fixed, but will incur another 3 – 5 day wait.
I still have hope that 30th October is a realistic release for print and audio, but there’s a lot more anxiety and lot less certainty as the days pass. Actually, I’m not worried about the audiobook. Just the print versions.