I published a book two days back. While I secretly (and sometimes publicly) gloat over this mild accomplishment, let me tell you it isn’t mild at all. First, when you are absolutely new to the publisher’s site (in my case CreateSpace), you don’t know how to carry out even the smallest of tasks. For instance, finding a decent copy of your book’s cover.
By decent I mean the one in which they also publish the ISBN code. At any rate, if you do know how to right click and copy and save a picture, you will be able to copy and paste the preview of your book cover (without the ISBN) and show it to eager friends. I keep doing it all the while these days.
Also goes without a mention is that it is frustratingly difficult to find a decent way to provide a preview to your eager friends. So, the best thing is to make a pdf out of the best pages of your book (if there are any. If there aren’t, just pick up a random set of numbers, like I did), make a pdf and upload it in the Preview section of the good publisher’s site. They make it available for the ones who get roped in, and send you the address for you to make viral (ugh, I do hate the expression, but it’s a certain word I’ve been dreaming of since the day before). Mine is slightly average, the address. Here.
When I found that my book is ready for purchase, dear reader, my mind began racing with the idea of holding it in my hands before you did (should you choose to buy it, of course). So, I ordered a copy. Since I live in a land, which is not mapped in the Easy Shipping Map of the world, I shall receive my book in January, 2013. On January 7, 2013 to be exact. So, should you purchase my book, and open its physical copy before I do, please tell me how it feels. I am dying to know.
More about that, the feeling, and the dying to know is available at my other blog.
Note: The book is also available at the CreateSpace EStore. Should you choose to buy it, of course.
Now I must go and gloat a little more.
Be well, dear reader. You are precious.