I’ve found another way to procrastinate.
When one more friend asked me if they could have a copy of Educating Peter, my short story published in May as part of the Stories from Kensington Palace anthology, I thought: no prob, I’ll email the manuscript.
Then I wondered: would it look better as a PDF? That’s easy to do, too, and people who would like to read it can download the story.
That’s when my avoidance techniques really began to soar. Why not try an experiment? A small ebook (or is it e-book or eBook? There’s plenty of online debate about this and I can’t spend any more time footling, really I can’t). Self-published, of course. It would be a useful trial run if I decide to go down that route in the future. (I’ll need to finish the words bit first, though).
I mean, you have to find out about e-publishing, haven’t you? As I tell my conscience.
So that meant researching formats and distributors. Nook Press is only available for US authors, I’m not keen on Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP)*, so I’m going for Smashwords or Lulu. Have you used any of these? It would be great to get your feedback.
Of course this involves re-formatting the text. And I need a cover image. Finding one and tweaking it took up a lot of yesterday. It still needs work.
And all the weekend my not-exactly-hero, Jack, who is causing me great difficulty at the moment, is sitting watching me and grinning. “You still haven’t nailed me,” he’s saying. OK, Jacko boy, you win. For now. Enjoy your fun. Because I’m going to get you.
So what do you think: ebook, e-book or eBook? Smashwords, Lulu or something else? I’d love to read your comments.
* Correction: what I meant was that I’m not keen on KDP Select.