Monday, June 4, 2012

So yeah, that happened...

I'm officially a published author. Well, sorta kinda. Is it technicalilty? I suppose. Nonetheless, if you go to Amazon right now (which I've done about a million times since Friday) and type in my name....guess what comes up?? Oh something that sort of looks like this...

And beside it there's some stuff about the author, you know...ME! Anyway I'm really excited, obviously. And yes the book was supposed to be released tomorrow. It's kind of a long story, but Friday morning I woke up to find my amazing cover art in my inbox, which a good friend of mine was able to do for me. That was kind of the last thing I needed to do before publishing. So I went to my Amazon account to look over my publishing details one last time and set everything for Tuesday's release. Then I read the fine print, which said that it can take 12-48 hours for your e-book to be reviewed and approved before it would go "live" on Amazon. And even then it could take 72 hours for full details to show up. (Case in point, the "look inside" feature just now became available.) So I of course decided to go ahead and get the ball rolling. Just in case. I figured if it launched early I could just keep it under wraps until Tuesday. You know, some days it's like I don't even know myself!

I did this around three pm, on Friday. By four-ish it had been approved and my status went from "under review" to "publishing". I checked it again around eight after getting in from Elijah's baseball game and saw my status was "live". Immediately I went and did an Amazon search for London Escape. It's not the first thing that comes up, even in the Kindle store, but there it was. My baby. I then immediately went to my Kindle store on my own Kindle just to see it again and bought it! Yes, I bought the very first official copy of my own novel. I am the world's biggest dork.

By Saturday morning the news broke anyway, through someone else and though I tried to do a little damage control I realized it was pointless and silly. So that's how it happened! And it's been a fun ride so far. I'm overwhelmed by how much my friends and family are going out of their way to promote my book. So far I've sold around 25 copies which is a good start, I think. And for the first time in years, I'm actually contributing to the family's income!

I suspect my next few posts this week will be focused on London Escape and The Halcyon Legacy, since this is just the beginning of a long and fun ride. I promised to post my book playlist, so that will probably be tomorrow!