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 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.
Keeps Getting Better!
Willow Travels the World, Brianna’s second shadow puppet book went live on Smashwords and in print on Barnes & Noble! Check it out here on Barnes & Noble and here on Smashwords.
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.
Willow 2 is Live!
Willow Travels the World is live and available for purchase on Kindle and in paperback on CreateSpace! Amazon and Barnes & Noble availability for paperback will follow in a few days.
I couldn’t be more proud of this accomplishment my girl is sharing with me.
Passing on Apple
I think for now until I have a better understanding of the publishing process and Apple’s requirements for placing eBooks on thier site I am going to wait. I went ahead and got both books, yes I said both books, all set up into an apple template just in case I change my mind. I gladly will take suggestion on this matter from any familiar with using Apple for eBooks.
Back to the “both books” part, I have submitted the next book in the Shadow Puppet series, Willow Travels the World, to both Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) and CreateSpace. Currently I am just waiting on an email from both telling me they are live! The next step for the Shadow Puppets series is Nook. I hope, since Google isn’t taking anyone new at this time.
Here’s the paperback cover of Willow Travels the World.
I switched hats tonight going from a writer to publisher so instead of working on the second Willow adventure, I uploaded files to Kindle for the ebook version of Willow Visits Her Friends. After a few minor edits to the description, a whole conversion from docx to jpeg and the informational portion of the process I made it to the pricing section and my brain is too tired to decide between 35% and 70%. So I am off to bed tonight, a fresh start is waiting on me in the morning and a brain that can comprehend and weigh the benefits of the two options.
Willow’s next adventure!
My daughter Brianna and I, are busy working on the next Willow adventure. Here is a sneak peek of the current back cover. Check back periodically for updates on our progress.