I published a book a couple of days back. I could traipse and yodel and do all those atrocious things I never do. But I won’t. I just keep virtually whooping from time to time.
It is a funny feeling to have published a book, regardless of where you’ve published it. I chose CreateSpace largely because I was too lazy to research, and because I like the name. Print on Demand has one very important aspect. Your published books don’t rot, they aren’t subjected to weevils and spider webs in a bookstore somewhere in the netherworld of the Book World. That’s a relief, yes. No one knows just how much you’ve sold, except you. You can keep your CS Member Dashboard open day in and day out — while you’re feeding your 5-month old, or cooing with her, or letting her pull your hair, or making watery steamed fish. It can always be open for you to see one number getting added every few months. And if your good friends are generous, they also tell you they’ve purchased. So that you can rush, and look at that number. 1 book sold. Ah, the magical whoosh of adrenalin!
Thank you, Val, for being my first purchaser. There have been 2 since. So the number has increased to 3!
Sadly, I haven’t seen my own book yet. Not the physical copy. It would have taken an eternity to reach here for the preview. It sort of seems like a betrayal to not hold the actual thing in my hand before offering it, but I am going to swallow the feeling with grace. You tell me, if you do buy it from here, or here, about how the pages feel. How the book smells (I do hope it doesn’t smell of that idiotic adhesive they use). Is the font size too big at the back of the book?
Does the cream of the pages seem creamy cream? Oh lord, I do want to physically feel it!
You would want to know what it is about, wouldn’t you? It’s a book written with a lot of heart, and a lot of apprehension. Find out here what it is about, please.
I’d planned to get a video done to ‘market’ it and make myself rich so that I can spend more time with my daughter and give her more chances to pull my hair, but that bit is a little off the burner right now. No one wants to make it. It is sort of sad, but I am going to swallow that with grace, too. And find out another way to make the animation, and put everything together. Until then, I am going to secretly whoop. And feel like I have finally begun.
Note: Not quite begun, actually. Because there is so much I need to know about the technical side of it. What about it? Find out at my other blog.