Bump in Progress had me beat.
I tried and tried to fix the toc .epub error. I even added a table of contents. At one point I added the phrase attempt ’50ish’ to the end of my .doc file. Frustration finally won out and I abandoned it. It was still on Smashwords, still on Amazon (with new cover), still on CreateSpace but it just wasn’t in the Premium Catalogue anymore. I could live with that.
At the beginning of the month they sent me a courtesy email reminding me that the abandoned book did not have Premium status. Again I decided I could live with it and disregarded the email. To finish my story I have to go sideways a bit. I have written a book under another name and it is with my dear beloved beta reader. While my book is waiting her hectic life to slow down so she can read it I decided to work on my styles and toc.
A chapter in the Smashwords guide I fool-heartly didn’t read. Even against their repeated expressed advice not to skip any parts. I didn’t have a table of contents! Why did I need to read it? Well after reading it and making a toc for my adult book I dove into fixing my bump in progress. Using information obtained in the seemingly unneeded chapter of the guide.
I am pleased to share that the book sailed through it’s .file checks. And while it churned at the place in cyber space where they process books at Smashwords I tweaked soft returns, regular returns, pt spaces and the such to eliminate weird blank pages. Finally arriving at a version I was pleased with. (It even sailed through .mobi file checks which it never did before. This always hung me up and I would just uncheck the box for .mobi conversion.) This is the current version of the Willow Series with the now white cover! Onto purple!
Bump in progress
Per suggestion as I mentioned a few days ago I changed the cover of the second Willow book, Willow Travels the World. I thought this would be no big deal, change the cover, submit and go about my merry way. Well for some reason this simple change has now got the book flagged for having an ePub error, ‘calibre_toc_2’, there is more to it but that’s not the important part. Oddly enough it always had that ePub error, actually both books do when I ran them through the ePub check. So I am confused as to why suddenly it halts our re-inclusion with the new cover into the Premium Program with Smashwords. I don’t know anything about ePub or it’s errors but ‘toc’ I have noticed usually means table of contents, I don’t even have one. So, I have no idea how to fix an error on something I don’t even have. What I gather it’s a malfunctioning link and since I have no ‘toc’ links I went ahead and checked all my hyper links to my social media and they all are working correctly. I resubmitted it as an ePub file so wish me luck. My next move will be just to resubmit the previous version that got expectance and hope it sneaks through like it did before. At least the book is still available in the other cover on Smashwords distribution sites like iBooks, Kobo and Nook. The new cover is available on Kindle but not in paperback yet, it’s in the works with CreateSpace for distribution on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.. Already submitted, approved and checked.
Willow Travels the World finally made it to Kobo. I checked and checked so I gave it a rest for a few days and just saw it on there tonight. Bree is already talking about the next adventure for Willow and I have an idea or two too.
Both books have went live as eBooks on various sites! Willow Travels the World is a live on NOOK and iBooks! Willow Visits Her Friends is a live on Kobo and iBooks!
Everyone has already went to bed here and I am barely managing to not run and shake them all to tell them the good news!!!! I am really pleased I went with Smashwords and took the time to format using their guide.
Willow Visits Her Friends has been approved into Smashwords Premium Program! It took a little longer for it to get reviewed for this but it has successfully passed and has been included in the program. Now we just wait and see if Nook, Apple or Kobo pass it and place it on their eBook eStores.
Anxiously awaiting news as to the Premium Status of Willow Visits Her Friends from Smashwords. Willow Travels the World has already achieved it and it was only posted a short time before maybe an hour. I am beginning to worry that there was an error in my formatting for the Premium Program. Keep your fingers crossed, maybe they are just swamped with books that are eligible for the program.
Willow Travels the World has been approved into Smashwords Premium Program! This may lead to Nook, iBooks, Kobo and more! This was no easy feat, I had to give up on Kindle through this route to achieve this but we did Kindle Direct so you can still find us there.
Willow Visits Her Friends is now available through Smashwords! I am hoping this opens up a lot more distributors for Brianna’s books. Also Willow Travels the World is now available on Amazon in paperback!
I must admit with every step forward I make in this endeavor to help Brianna make a book, now two, I am realizing how much work goes into your book after you write it, if you publish on your own. Even using services like CreateSpace and Smashwords. Terms of Agreements sometimes take all afternoon to read, then there is the reformatting from your print version to an eBook compilable file and then the waiting to find out if it was approved to go live after all the time and energy you have all ready invested. I have a new found respect for the process.