So there my book sat, completed, edited, re-edited, proofread, re-proofread. I even paid an artist, to do an awesome cover. (Pretty cool, if I do say so myself.)
I'd run out of excuses. There was nothing left to do (unless I wanted to try to publish traditionally, but that's an entirely different topic). So I set myself a deadline. August 15. My late father's birthday. *sigh* That was two weeks ago. In that two weeks, I talked about formatting, I posted about formatting, I complained about formatting, but did absolutely nothing toward getting the book ready to e-publish.
Friday the 12th rolls around, and I drag out every paper and e-book I have that has anything on the subject of self-publishing. I picked up Zoe Winter's Becoming An Indie Author (on my Nook, of course), and zipped to the section on Smashwords and read it. Twice.
Okay, I thought, you can do this. I went to the Smashwords site, and followed every single instruction about unformatting and reformatting my book (which BTW are very detailed and written in easy-for-a-non-techy-to-understand English). I read with trepidation, the list of formatting problems that could cause your book to be rejected. After about three hours of cleaning up bad tabs, straight quotation marks, and page breaks, the manuscript was ready. I took a deep breath and pressed send. About ten minutes later the results came back. Rejected.
What? Rejected? After I scraped myself from the ceiling, I scrolled down the list of possible problems and found: Font size exceeds 18. The only font that could have possibly exceeded the suggested 18 point was the title. I changed that to 18 and pushed send again. Accepted!
So here's the point. I'd spent
So what's holding you back from completing your goal? Is it fear? Why not dig in, face the situation, and take the mystery out of it. You'll be glad you did.