On Tuesday I received the electronic versions of the book from the formatter, and yesterday it occurred to me that I could probably put it on my Kindle now. So, I did, and when it popped up on the screen — looking as slick and professional as any of the books I’ve purchased from major publishers — I might have let loose a womanly squeal.
The coolest part, I think, is seeing the title (and author) listed among the other books I’ve downloaded to the device. None are any more or less prominent than the others, they’re all equal in the eyes of the Kindle. And that’s an amazing thing, an opportunity that didn’t exist five years ago.
I was hoping to have the book available for purchase during the first week of April, but I think Amazon has to approve it first. Then they’ll send me a “proof copy” which I’ll need to check out. And I can’t see all that happening in one week.
Any opinions on me making the Kindle and Nook versions available a week or two before the physical book? I know it’s my decision, but you guys are a part of this and I value your opinions. How important is it to release every version at the same time? That was my original plan, but I’m kinda hooked on that “first week of April” thing. It’s been my target date from the beginning.
Here’s what I’m thinking… On April 1 (April Fool’s Day — perfect!) I’ll make the novel available for download at the Kindle Store, NookBooks, and maybe Apple’s iBooks. On that same day, I’ll start taking pre-orders, one week only, for signed copies of the physical book. The price will be roughly the same as the Amazon price, with shipping and handling. So, somewhere in the neighborhood of 20 bucks.
Let me know what you think. And, unless I change my mind for some reason, I’m going to show you folks the cover tomorrow. I love it, and look forward to your feedback.
And I’m sorry to keep talking about the book, but it’s pretty much the only thing on my mind at the moment.
In case you were wondering, the site problems were fixed by my web host yesterday afternoon. I don’t know what happened, and don’t really care. It’s no longer a problem, and that’s all that matters to me. For a couple of days I couldn’t upload important photos, like the one on today’s webcam. And the world was a sadder place. Whew!
And finally, I downloaded a guilty pleasure album this morning, and am enjoying the hell out of it. This one, to be exact. And I’d like to turn that into the Question of the Day.
In the comments section, please tell us about your guilty pleasures. It doesn’t necessarily need to be music. It can be movies, TV shows, food, a Fred Flintstone buttplug… whatever floats your boat. Please tell us all about it.
And I’m gonna call it a day, my friends. Thanks for sticking with me through this current book obsession. I’ll get it under control. Probably.
I’ll be back tomorrow.
See ya then!