Monday, April 15, 2013

Do you remember your first time?


 Hey! Get your head out of the gutter - I’m talking about the first book you self-published :-) (Gotcha!)

I recall it as being one of the scariest days of my life, full of angst and pressure.  Everything that should have been easy had taken on huge propensities to screw up. Especially when I was locked in my office, three o’clock in the morning and I had loaded the file for the 8th time and the paragraphs still weren’t formatting properly on the viewer.

Swear words were escaping in a surprisingly fluent manner.  I didn’t even know I knew some of those phrases, probably because I made a lot of them up. Foot stamping, a behavior I’d given up at the age of two, had reappeared with a vengeance. And tears were sniffed back and due to a stubborn streak weren’t allowed to fall. My husband came to announce bedtime and left with a huge bite taken out of his face.

Finally, giving up due to exhaustion, I remember just hitting the save-and-continue button and promising myself I’d fix it to be perfect the next day. To be truthful, it took a week until I’d finally gotten the advice I needed to make the changes which were my paragraph indents.

So… that was my first time.
Tonight I helped a friend, Jodie Esch, with her first time. We had a lot of laughs, clicked through each of the Amazon stops with ease. Worked our way through the various selections for categories, keywords, etc and uploaded the file where it proved to be perfect the first time. (Years later, I’m now aware that a professional formatter is worth every penny he/she costs and Jodie thankfully agreed with me.) Her file was already perfect before she started.

After a lovely supper and delightful evening, we’re going to get a good night’s sleep and wake up to her being a debut author and me proudly sharing her joy.

My advice to anyone who is looking at self-publishing a book on Amazon for the first time:
– Find a friend who’s already had the experience and is willing to help you when the time comes.
– Get the book formatted properly by an expert.
 – Make sure you’ve already perused the KDP site so you know what to expect when the time comes.
 – Choose the categories and keywords you want for your book ahead of time, they are so very important.
 – Have a bottle of wine or at least some great dessert on standby to celebrate



  1. Mimi,
    Sounds like all your hard work with being a pioneer in self-publishing is paying off -- for both you and Jodie. It truly is an amazing new world.

  2. We had a great time! It's been a very special ride.