Self-Publishing: The Journey Continues

A quick update on the self-publishing journey:

  1. At this point, my digital files have been formatted for both mobi and .epub. I have to say that I’m impressed with the professionalism and responsiveness of the e-Book Formatting Fairies. The first files had three minor errors in them, but I had the corrected files back just a few hours later. Bravo for great customer service!
  2. I’ve sent the book out to three author acquaintances who have agreed to give me cover quotes — yes, they totally rock! As soon as I have the quotes, the digital files will get a final update and the cover will have something to fill that lovely white space at the top that’s just waiting… 🙂
  3. I’m still waiting for an ISBN from Library and Archives Canada. It’s nice that the service is free, but if you’re a Canadian author, take note of the 5-10 business days (I’m currently sitting at eight) needed for a response. When I get the number, that will also be added to the digital files.
  4. I’m currently looking at the possibility of using Smashwords as vs. uploading to all the individual platforms myself. My concern is that Smashwords doesn’t support digital rights management (DRM). Before I decide whether or not that’s a problem, I’m going to have to knuckle under and figure out just what DRM means to an author and how having/not having it will affect me. Oh, joy…more research. 😉
  5. I’ve also looked into putting the book onto Netgalley to make it available to reviewers — and I’ve decided (despite the cost *gasp*) to go for it. So…if you’re a reviewer who’s interested, keep an eye out. 🙂

And that’s it for the moment, I think. It’s quite a journey, this self-publishing thing, but I feel as if I may be making progress. Stay tuned for more news of my travels and have a great week!



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7 responses to “Self-Publishing: The Journey Continues”

  1. Bea Avatar

    As a reader who wants access to her books no matter what format they’re in, I vote for for no DRM. Look at Tor Books – they had their ebooks DRM free for a year and saw no increase in piracy.

    Self-pubbing sounds like a ton of work, do you think you’ll do it again?

    1. Linda Avatar

      No DRM does seem to be the consensus, Bea, so that’s definitely the direction in which I’m leaning. Thanks for your perspective. 🙂 As for the work involved in self-pub, it is a lot, but more because of the learning curve when you’re starting out, I think. I suspect once you’ve done it a few times, it becomes MUCH easier. 🙂

  2. Darke Conteur Avatar
    Darke Conteur

    Once you hear back about the IBSN, it’s just a matter of a few minutes to get one. Have you checked your spam filter?

    1. Linda Avatar

      Yep…no sign of it yet. 😛

  3. Denise Avatar

    This reviewer is excited and can’t wait! Thanks for the update.

    1. Linda Avatar

      You’re most welcome! Thanks for the interest!! 🙂

  4. annie page Avatar
    annie page

    It must be hard work writing a book much less publishing one on your own. You must be a very a very determined to do so well. Thanks for your stories

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