Sure, self publishing is my personal choice for publishing a book. For many reasons. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t come with some issues. As far as publishing goes, I’ve published with Lulu in the past, and it was so long ago I can’t remember anything about it. And now I publish with Amazon.
As you should know, I have a book coming out, hopefully tomorrow. In order to get it published on the date I wanted it published on, I was advised by fellow self publisher Benjamin Wallace to publish it several days in advance. That way if it does get published early it has time to get set in the system and have all the kinks worked out in advance to when you start getting orders.
Now, here’s the pitfall I dealt with this time around. My book cover. If you should ever decide to self publish, check this out. This didn’t happen with my first book.
I uploaded the cover file to Amazon’s system. The system said it was too small, even though I made it to their specifications, so I fixed it and uploaded it again. They said it was okay.
I uploaded my manuscript a couple of times and checked it all out in the visual app to make sure it was exactly how I wanted it, which it wasn’t each time I uploaded it, which is why I had to upload it multiple times. I was fixing each issue each time, yet for some reason when I’d fix one issue a new one would pop up. That shouldn’t happen, so I’m not sure if it was the program I was using to write with, or Amazon’s system. I’m leaning away from Amazon’s system, as they upload hundreds of books a minute, I’m sure it knows what it’s doing.