Today is an exciting day for me: the official release of my paranormal romance, For Love of an Angel! This is the self-publishing project I’ve been talking about for the last few months. Now that the book is live and on sale, I can talk about some of the self-publishing lessons I’ve learned:
- Writing and Editing are Just the Beginning
When you self-publish a book, writing it and getting it professionally edited are just the start of what you have to do. After that you have to make sure you format the book so it is readable. An obvious hint: read the Smashwords guide for formatting and carefully adhere to it. It’s damn long, and it might be tempting to skip a step, but if you do you’ll regret it.
- Convert Your Files Before Uploading
If you are uploading to Amazon and BN.com yourself, convert the file format before uploading it. This one isn’t so obvious. The sites will let you upload a word document, but if you do it that way the formatting is off. So what I did was save my word document into .html format, then use Mobipocket Creator (for the .mobi or .prc file, i.e. Kindle) and Calibre/Sigil (for the .epub file, i.e. Nook). These are free programs, and my document came out so much cleaner that way than when I tried to upload my word document.
- Give Yourself Time / Have Patience
The whole process of uploading took me several days. Realize you won’t be able to do it all within 10 minutes. Patience is key here.
Here’s a little bit about For Love of an Angel:
In a world where angels rule over humans, twelve outcasts dare to defy expectation, warring with their angel brethren to prevent the extinction of humankind.
They are The Fallen…
Michael is one of twelve angels who have been outcast due to their determination to protect humans. In order to preserve his immortality and strength, he must find a mate with angel blood. Eva Smyth has never believed the propaganda spouted by the Consortium—the elite system of guards put into place once angels took over reign of Earth—but she never expected to learn the angels plan to eradicate all of humankind, or that she herself is part angel. Joining Michael means living a life on the run, at war against the angels and hunted by the Consortium. Eva must decide whether to risk it all…for love of an angel.