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Roadtrip to Release Day

Hello, everyone! Thanks for stopping by. With A Tainted Light coming out on the 14th, I want to share with you my release process. Unlike the last post, this one is going to have a lot more information, but I hope it is helpful for those working to publish or are planning to soon. I’ll be sure to link resources and even include my printable publishing checklist. So let’s hop right into it!

When I published A Hollow Cry, I was a fresh off the boat virgin. I knew the basics needed to published a book: words, pages, cover, and prints. Sums it up, right? I had the words down on pages and a cover designed, but I didn’t have the prints. So I went out and did my research.

Bethany Atazadeh had a video on her authortube channel centralized around formatting. She linked to DIY Book Formats, which is an amazing resource. Things were going smoothly. A lot of it was simply just a repetitive copy and paste motion. What I struggled with was adding in additional chapters than what was already included in the template. The formula wouldn’t set correctly, so it took me ages to figure out exactly what I had to do to maintain the flow. It was frustrating. When it came to ATL, I took the easy way out. The ‘Save as’ portion was my best friend. I used the same file, but made adjustments to fit ATL. While that may be cheating or taking the easy way out, but I don’t care. I found out how to make the template file work for me and I stuck with it.

Once I finally got over the tedious work of formatting, I moved onto the set up for distribution. I found KDP to be extremely user friendly with both AHC and ATL. That was where I got my hopes up. When I moved onto Ingram Spark, any motivation I had just crumbled. The struggle was real. And it didn’t get easier with ATL. I kept trying to revamp file types, structures, so on and so forth. It just got to the point that I gave up. Ingram is a great help when it comes to the distribution of ebooks/hard copies, but I didn’t find it to be as user friendly as KDP. Some don’t have an issue with it. I do, so I decided against using it. Recently, I found Barnes & Noble Press, which was another use friendly source that I enjoyed using. Unfortunately, the hard copies arrived the day I left for my trip to Canada. Once I get back home I’ll be able to review them and make any adjustments that may be needed. I’ll have to get back to you on that one!

One major thing that I want to note is to make sure you do one more final run down. Even though you’ve read through the manuscript seven times and enlisted the help of beta readers and an editor, read it just one more time. I can’t explain how happy I am that I did with ATL. I found a major plot hole near the end, which resulted in me having to revamp the last five chapters. So, please, for the sake of readers and yourself, read through one more time.

I could probably drone on and on about this topic, but I’m going to save you all from the torment. Releasing a book is such an exciting time, but it can easily be one of the worst experiences you’ve ever had. To make things a little easier, I’m going to include the checklist that I use when preparing a release. Feel free to use it or even make adjustments to fix your process.

Until we meet again, work hard busy bees!

Bethany Atazadeh's Video DIY Book Format Publishing Checklist