I sometimes wonder what places like Amazon’s Digital Text Platform use for timekeeping. If it’s a calendar, It doesn’t seem to be the same one I use. I uploaded the file for my mystery novella, Winter Wonderland, on August 11 and the info pop-up said it would take 48 hours or so to go live. Okay, so I’m lousy at numbers, but given it’s been five days and it’s still at “Publishing” seems like maybe there’s a snafu somewhere. *sigh* Anyway, it’s in the pipe (I hope). I have a query in with DTP support, so we’ll see what happens.
Who knows? Maybe they’re torqued that I used lulu.com to create the hard copy of the book. That was mostly because I already know how to use Lulu from creating all the Southern Indiana Writers’ Group’s anthologies there. In other words, I took the easy out. I have yet to try Amazon’s own CreateSpace, but I understand it’s pretty easy to use and my author copies of Wildside Press’ Cat Tales 2 generated through CS looked great.
I have to say that the method I used to generate the clean MS Word doc for upload was a true PITA. There has to be a better way. All the folks I’ve seen who have the rep for doing fast, fast, FAST translations couldn’t possibly do it the way I did. Well, not and be fast, fast, FAST. When I searched the Kindle Forums, though, I saw several helper programs recommended; some very highly. I’ve downloaded two of them to mess with in the coming days: Sigil and MobiPocket Creator. At first glance, they both seem to want prior knowledge of coding. Not good. Mai coding skilz bez rusty.
Now to tackle Smashwords. We who are about to format, salute you!