What a learning process publishing a book is! It turns out the delay in getting my print book available for pre-order on BarnesandNoble.com was my fault. Whoops!
I had read on the Ingram Spark guide that it can take up to six weeks to get your book approved and available, so I assumed things were going through the usual channels. Then I discovered a little check box hidden in all of my book details “Enable Distribution.” No instructions, and I wasn’t sure if I should click it because my book won’t be published until May 4th. I decided to select it anyway, even after it asked me if I was sure I wanted to. That little warning message always strikes fear in my heart–it sounds so final. I did it anyway and voila! My print book became available for pre-order.
Another problem I encountered was with the top and bottom margins being wrong when I ordered a print proof to review. I went back and forth with the printer and the formatter, and finally discovered that the error was on the printer’s end. They sent me a replacement and it looks fine, so I’m crossing my fingers that when I order a bunch of copies for my book launch, they will look okay.
The good news is that my book is available in print form at BarnesandNoble.com. If you pre-order, don’t forget to email me (address on my website) your order number for the free bonus photos. It’s also on sale, but I don’t know how long the sale price will last, since Barnes and Noble sets their own pricing.
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Well, you can’t be expected to know everything the first time. I pre-ordered your book!
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So true, Julie, but I see why some authors pay others to do this work. There is much to learn. Thanks for pre-ordering my book! I have sent the bonus photos.
I can’t believe how much work is involved in self-publishing a book. It’s incredible! And really, how can you know everything? It’s impossible. Many congratulations on getting your pre-orders set up, and having your book available in print form. You’ve done an amazing job!
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Thanks, Nancy! It is an incredible amount of work, but it’s exciting, too. That makes all of the work much easier!
Yes, it’s really exciting – and a better experience because you have such a good perspective and outlook. You go, girl!