formatting

So Close!

So my publishing deadline is next Friday!!! :S

Scary!

But, I think I can make it this time. I’ve done the bare-bones formatting, I’ve edited the big stuff, I’ve got my accounts at Smashwords and KDP all set up and I’ve got my account at PayPal set up too.

Once I decide on a font (and according to my poll Verdana is winning) I’ll go back through my work and change it if necessary and then review my cover art (it’s very simple but I like it) and make sure the dimensions are correct and go from there.

I’ll probably need to write up a blurb about it so people can get a general idea of the story, decide on a price point, and determine if I’m going to make coupons and try to give away some free copies. One of my coworkers told me she wants me to print a copy of my book in paperback and sign it for her lol That would mean using Create Space, so I might do that in June if I’m so inclined.

Anyways, here’s to work! Here’s to formatting! Here’s to FONTS!

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All the small things

While I have been whittling away my life in Formatting Hell, I’ve come to a standpoint.

WHAT FONT DO I USE?!?! Right now I have everything done up in Times New Roman 12 pt because that’s the only default I could think of. I don’t necessarily like that font and I do so enjoy the Calibri the I was using previously, but since I am soooooooooo green at this, I want to make sure I use a font that will be easily read by all sorts of ereaders and smartphones and such.

Does any one have any advice on this topic? I’ve done the bare bones formatting and made sure all the stupid little bad things are gone so I need to go through it and re-italicize and re-bold any sections and words that were undone in the Nuclear Formatting (as Smashwords likes to call it in their guide).

I’ll probably do some last-minute editing while I do that too because already there’s a scene I can think of in my head that I wasn’t quite sure I did the way I like.

I should still make my deadline of May 31, 2013 though! That’s a plus!! Then I just have to summon the courage (and find the balls) to actually put it out there and publish the sucker.

In the meantime, someone help me!!!! 😀 😀 😀

I’ll love you forever if you do!

Here’s a poll!

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The hardest part

Is staying on track.

Now that the editing is done, my brain is like: “Ha! All done! Time to play now!” and is allowing itself to be distracted by manga and thinking about the other WIP I had before I decided to edit Black & Red.

 

WHICH IS NO GOOD! I need my brain to focus on the ever-so-tedious formatting demon that I must slay! The editing beast was painful enough, but going through the eeeeeeeennnnnnnnnnntttttttiiiiiiirrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeee 103,457 worded document and making sure the spaces are in the right spot, putting in the page breaks where they should be and making sure the apostrophes are the right kind because if they curl in a funny way they won’t show up properly.

Last night, I think I only managed 20 pages before my brain crapped out and said: “Get your tableeeeeeeeet. Read your maaaaaangaaaa.”

And, I listened and read this manga until 10 pm which is bad news because my alarm goes off at 4:45 am when my husband is gone and he left yesterday.

As I was making my commute to my workplace (which is at least an hour, each way, sometimes more depending on traffic), I was extremely excited to be moving to Manitoba, even if I get stuck in a crappy duplex with paper-thin walls. Because if I start working again, it’s like a 20 minute commute each way.

This means I don’t have to get up before the sun! How epic is that?!

 

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Being in that Dark Place

When I first started writing it was because I was in a very dark place in my life and I used it as a form of escapism.

I used to think I could only write when I was depressed and unhappy. Sometimes I still think that and because I’ve been happy and ‘normal’ for so long, it was like I had writer’s block and I felt unable to be as creative as I once was.

It was a scary thing when that first happened. It was like the only thing I ever felt I as kind of good at was taken away because I was now ‘happy’. It almost made me resent that happiness. I didn’t understand how it could crush everything I ever knew in terms of writing.

But as time went on and I started to slowly get back to my writing, the creativity came back. The year I turned 25 was when I became truly happy for the first time. I met my soon-to-be husband and met his family and got to experience, for the first time in a very long time, what a family who cares about each other is like.

I didn’t try to write for at least 3 years after that.

But in the last few years I’ve started writing here and there when my husband has to go away for a long time and when my son allows me the peace and quiet to do so.

Now that I’ve edited my first story that I’m going to publish I’m a bit scared and formatting seems even scarier, but I’m not in that dark place any more. I’m not in that deep dark hole of loneliness and neglect.

Do I think my writing has suffered because of that? No, not really. Sure, the same well that I drew my inspiration from is gone, but it’s not completely gone.

I like to feel as though it’s evolved. It’s grown with me and my life.

The proof will be in the story I publish after Black & Red. It’s the first story I created, developed, and wrote since becoming ‘happy’.

Here’s hoping!

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Adventures in Formatting

No, I haven’t actually looked at my story or even attempted to format.

I downloaded the formatting guide through Smashwords (very helpful and very free) and started looking it over so that when I start formatting this week I’ll have an idea of what’s expected of me.

It’s going to be SO tedious! But! I brought this on myself when I decided to self-publish. I can’t afford someone to edit or format for me, and besides, this will let me appreciate it so much more because I’ve put so much personal effort into it.

We’re going to tackle this formatting, probably starting tomorrow night. My husband leaves in the morning so I’ll have lots of time to do nothing after the boy-child is in bed and everything is ready for the next day.

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A Post-Mother's Day….post

Yesterday was Mother’s Day and being a mother, I enjoyed it to the fullest!

My day started out with two hours of PEACE AND QUIET. Do you have any idea what kind of rare commodity that is when you have an ‘energetic’ 3 year-old, a 3 year-old dog and a husband? It’s better than platinum.

So my loving husband took the crazy child and the crazy dog and went out first thing in the morning to the dog park. This meant there was only myself and the Hatchling I’m currently gestating in the house. I wasn’t alone, but it was certainly quiet.

So what did I do with those two glorious hours?

I PLAYED MY VIDEO GAME THAT I GOT AS A MOTHER’S DAY PRESENT.

Yeah. That’s right. That’s how we do in my house. I also got The Secret World of Arrietty. It’s one of the Studio Ghibli movies that I HAVE to watch with original Japanese audio and English subtitles. The only movies I can watch with English dub are: Howl’s Moving Castle, Castle in the Sky and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. The voice actors that were chosen for those movies were very well done. I mean, COME ON! Patrick Stewart!!! YES!

Anyway, back to my video game of awesomeness: I received Tales of Graces f  as my gift. I’ve already annihilated Tales of Vesperia and I was very happy with that game. I HATED the English voice actors though and in the newest installment to the Tales I’m not overly keen on them again, but I’ll manage. I’ve heard a rumour that the up-and-coming Tales of Xillia is supposed to have the original Japanese audio track. I will be super stoked if that’s true and it’ll make the delay in release that much better. The thing was supposed to drop in January of 2013 and now it’s been pushed back to AUGUST 2013.

All this enjoyment of video games has seriously prevented me from formatting. I need to get my ass in gear before I end up delaying my publishing date AGAIN and kicking myself in the ass repeatedly.

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Oh Canada….

You never let me down.

In the city I currently live in, I’ve read a news article that the police who walk the beat downtown are going to be doing so…..on Segways.

Right. Because with cops on Segways we’ll be able to take them even more seriously.

Aside from that being relatively hilarious there isn’t much else going on. This weekend will be the start of formatting! Since I can’t do it on my tablet properly I’ve been designating all the formatting for home time, but I got a video game for Mother’s Day so that’s been eating up valuable formatting time 😛

The plan is to format at least 1/3 of the piece by the end of this weekend. My husband leaves for work again on the 15th so that will give me more lonely time at home to format and nit-pick and get everything ready to the PUBLISHING that will be taking place THIS MONTH.

I’m still terrified. Yup. Terrified.

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Getting Ready to Pimp My Story

Now that I’ve decided it’s okay to publish with both Smashwords and Kindle Direct Publishing, I’m thinking of other ways to pimp my story once it’s available for all to access.

I know I’ll get an author page on both Smashwords and KDP as well as this website and my account on the Twitter. I’ve got an author page on the Facebook too. *cough*facebook.com/sarahjaynenantais*cough*

At this point I’m only planning on going digital with my release. I know there is an option that’s very affordable, if not free, for paperback physical copies. I’m not sure if Black & Red is amazing enough for that.

It’s not that it’s a crappy story. If it was, I wouldn’t even bother trying to put it out there. But I just don’t feel in my gut of guts that it’s as awesome as the work-in-progress I’ll attack after I suffer through formatting and release Black & Red to the wilds of the internet.

We’ll see. Maybe after it’s been out for a few months I’ll do a poll to see if people are interested in getting physical copies. I could always do autographed ones for giveaways (Wow! Will I ever be cool enough that an autographed book would be worth something?! Without dying, too. I don’t want to have to die to be cool enough) or something on my website.

These are all little things I can worry my little head about AFTER I wade through the jungle of formatting and slay that beast as well.

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And the winner is…!!!!

Smashwords!!!

The reason I decided to go with Smashwords over Kindle Direct Publishing is because of how easy they make it.

Sure, I have to set up a PayPal account and yeah the tax thing seems complicated and frustrating, but I would have had to do the tax thing with KDP anyway.

Plus, with Smashwords I can reach more users as they make the ebooks available on multiple platforms.

Now I just need to finish editing so that I can begin formatting so that I meet my goal of April.

I never did say WHEN in April, just April 😉

GET READY!

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