There's no denying it. This is really happening. I am doing this! I am publishing a book. And not just an ebook but a paperback too. My proof for Being Human came in the mail the other day. I grinned when I saw the package, trembled as I opened it and went speechless when it was in my hand. I wrote a book!
Sure, there's a few things to tweak. I wasn't quite patient enough to wait for Keary to send me a fixed spine so the cover is off by a few millimeters. Inside there is a blank page between the end of Part 3 and Part 4 thanks to a page break in the word file. Where the table of contents is looks funny so I'm just getting rid of it. I have to block up the text because every book on my shelf has blocked text and it looks so much better. And there are no page numbers. Nor will there be. I am not messing with that, trying to get page one to start where the story begins. Plus it messes up my page count.
On the bright side, it looks format issue free. There's no spaces except for where I want them. I will admit, there's a few breaks (****) at the bottom of some pages and leaves a little more space than the next page, but again, I'm not messing with it too much. For my first attempt, I think I did pretty good. I saw it, noted what needs to be fixed and still think it's perfect. Of course, it's my book, why wouldn't I think it's perfect? Even with errors I love it.
I've fixed all the errors that I see, so now it's off to CreateSpace to resubmit for the proof. I don't think I'll go with two day shipping again. I can be a little more patient now that I have this. The main reason I went with faster shipping is because my two besties are plotting a release party and I wanted a paperback copy to bring. The fact that they are plotting really scares me BTW. I am one step closer to my dream. Being Human is going to be published. It's a real book Ma!
While I wait for the clock to tick down, I'm working on some other stories. Out of Secrets and Lies Under Moonlight. Secrets in the hands of beta readers and Lies is getting rewritten a bit before going to betas. I'm thinking of putting Lies as a free short. It's not a bad story and I want to give people freebies, let them sample before they (hopefully) buy. It's a good marketing and promotion tool. Although, I kind of wonder if I should have done that before Being Human, but I don't think it will hurt me that mch. Maybe even help. We'll see. Either way you will be seeing more stories from me. Hopefully a sequel to Being Human if Drew ever decides to talk to me again.