When things go Wrong
It was the 23rd August 2019. And it was a disappointing day.
I had finished my editing of my second book and went to upload it.
I waited. And I waited.
Then the message came back. It was not what I wanted to see.
It said something like, “Kindle Direct Publishing cannot except this file format.”
So I tried again. I uploaded it, and pressed return.
And I waited.
The same message came back.
It was a nightmare, but I understood.
I had got the message.
I had a book that wouldn’t be accepted by the technology.
It was ready to launch, but I couldn’t launch it.
I was angry, and needed to think.
So I went to bed. And slept on it.
And I tried to think about what had gone wrong.
The technology hadn’t changed.
I must have done something wrong.
Then I remembered something.
I realized where I had gone wrong.
It all became clear.
I had started writing on my Mac Book.
Then I had edited on my Mac Book.
Then I had swapped computers with my son.
To his gaming laptop. (Which isn’t a Mac Book)
And downloaded the software to continue editing.
And it wasn’t for a mac book.
So maybe it wasn’t compatible.
And now for some reason I couldn’t switch it to a PDF?
So now what? What was my next step?
I reflected slowly
I took a step back, and realised a few things.
I still had the book. It was there. It was useable still.
The answer was simple.
I opened a new document on Word.
I decided to copy and paste the book to a new file.
Paragraph by paragraph. Chapter by chapter. Avoiding the “create-space” additions.
I still had the text. I could use it as it was.
I still had the punctuation. I had the speech marks.
Although the book now formed itself without paragraphs. So all I had to do was sort out the splurge effect, and hit return a few times.
And it got another two read-throughs which is always good.
It was a nuisance and I had lost some time.
But I believe the results will be better in the long run.
My book launch was delayed. But the awareness I created is not lost. I can refocus my marketing efforts and learn from my mistakes.
I will plan better.
I will be launching with more followers, and more connections. I will have more things like extra back stories to offer.
It will be better financed.
I should have the merchandising ready first.
Time is on my side.
As an independent author, I decide my schedules. I control my budget, and I remain in charge.
I haven’t lost any readers.
And I can look forward to the launch in the near future.