A sense of achievement…

…there’s nothing like it.

Gaining a sense of achievement is, for me, akin to getting a five star review for my books. Since I retired back in May, I’ve achieved more – writing wise – than I’ve done for years. Freeing myself from the shackles of work has indeed given me a better perspective on life.

I’ve even gained achievement in other aspects of my life, such as ridding myself of excess possessions and dispensing them to various charity shops. Having said that, every time I drop off a load of bin bags filled with goodies, I end up buying something else to take their place 😀

However, my greatest achievement to date, is formatting and uploading to various online retailers, my first self published novel, A Pocketful of Stories. Over the years, I’ve watched people self publish with increasing confidence and most self published novels, nowadays, are of the highest standard and quality. So I thought now that  my time is my own, why not have a go? I have to admit I did wonder if I’d bitten off more than I could chew, but I girded my loins, downloaded Smashword’s free guide to formatting and set to.

I can honestly say I’ve never worked so hard in my life! At the beginning of the guide it warned that it would take a few hours to carry out the formatting to the standard required by Smashwords. Hours? Try two days! However, I got there in the end and I have to say I’m very proud of the results. The book cover I commissioned from a site called: Custom e-book covers, for the very reasonable price of £49.99. They guarantee to deliver the goods within 3 days and they did; excellent customer service, as far as I’m concerned. 

Custom e-book covers 

When it came to actually uploading the manuscript, I can tell you I was dreading it. However, I was pleasantly surprised when it uploaded first time and apart from a few spelling errors, which I immediately corrected, it was accepted for Smashwords Premium catalogue. This means they will distribute it more widely than other books that don’t make the grade. I then uploaded it to Amazon and it went without a hitch. 

So, my little chick-a-dees, the moral of this tale is that if a technophobe like me can format and upload to a digital retailer, then anyone can 😀

Grab your free copy from any of the retailers listed below.

 

Amazon UK

Amazon.US

kobo

itunes

Smashwords

 

 

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6 Responses to “A sense of achievement…”

  1. good to know, there is hope for me after all!

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  2. Congrats Kate! Now you’ve done the easy bit, get promoting!

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    • Thanks, Jane. Re promoting, I’ve even gone so far as to post a paid advert with Facebook, for my latest book. It’s getting more attention than just normal posting, but it’s only been up a few days, so I’ll have to wait and see how it does. Wish me luck 🙂

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      • All digits crossed 🙂 I’ve downloaded a copy but I doubt I’ll get it. For months now Amazon tells me it’s sent me books but they never make it as far as my Kindle. I’ll have to get around to chasing them about it, but the complaints department is well night invisible.

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  3. Thanks for downloading it, hun, really appreciate it. Jump all over Amazon, especially if you’ve paid. I know trying to get help on Amazon is a bloody nightmare, been there, done that and bought the tshirt, but I’m a bloody minded cow and I hate being jipped. x

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