Break out the champagne would sound better, but since I’m a teetotaller, chocolate milk is my celebratory drink of choice.
Rymellan 1: Disobedience Means Death is now published. The print book will slowly become available at various online bookstores as it makes its way into their databases. I’ll post links once I have them.
The eBook is now available at Smashwords. Like the print book, it will slowly start to show up at Smashwords partner sites. To have the book distributed to Smashwords’ partners, I had to set the price to at least $4.95. I’ve set it to $4.99, since most eBook prices seem to end in .99 (as opposed to print books, where .95 seems popular). If you use coupon code HL36R, you’ll get 50% off. That’s a great deal, since you gain access to all formats (ePub/Stanza, PDF, LRF, Mobi, Palm). And if you buy through the links in this post, I’ll make a bit more cash on the sale. Of course, you can go to Rymellan Fiction and read the book for free! Whatever works best for you.
I set out to learn how to publish a book, and I’m chuffed that I’ve accomplished that goal and that things went smoothly. Since the only goal for this book was publish it, I’ve already met my goals. I have no sales expectations for this one, since it’s available to read in its entirety for free, something I’ll try to point out whenever I can (as I did above).
Fortunately the process of going from an edited manuscript to the published book will be greatly abbreviated from now on. Many steps (establishing a publishing company, establishing a relationship with Lightning Source) were one-off steps. There won’t be quite so much to do with subsequent books.
Will I do anything differently next time? Only two things:
1. Based on what I’d read in various places, I entered the data for the book at Bowker (which produces Books in Print) as soon as I knew the page count and ISBN. Unbeknownst to me, some online venues (Barnes & Noble being one of them) pick up their data from Bowker’s database. So my book’s information, including the estimated publishing date, appeared on B&N well before I would have liked. Next time I’ll follow Aaron Shepard’s advice and add the information to Bowker around the same time the files are uploaded to LSI. No biggie; just a small lesson learned. As usual, this applies to my case. If you want prepublication reviews, preorders, and the like, then the earlier you add your book’s information to Bowker, the better.
2. I didn’t realize how long it would take to proofread the internal layout from the book designer. In a fortuitous turn of events, I was laid off work around the same time I received the layout for proofreading. If that hadn’t happened, there’s no way I would have completed the proofreading within the agreed upon timeframe. So now I know to allow more time for the proofreading step.
Otherwise things went well, everyone I dealt with was great, and I’m pleased that I managed to pull this off.
At one point, I said that my next self-publishing post would be about registering copyright. I already blew that with my last post, and since a “How to register copyright” post would boil down to, “Go to this web page, fill out the form, and pay,” I’ve decided it’s not worth it. Instead, I’ll soon post a summary of the steps I performed to take my edited manuscript to the published book.
Onward . . .