Finally! I’ve done it. My two Rafferty & Llewellyn Box Sets are available on Apple. Phew!
‘Contagious Detective Duo.’
I swear I was cursed with Apple. Whatever I did, there was something wrong with every book I tried to upload. Metadata – wrong. Cover – wrong. Don’t mention the other big ‘A’ – wrong. In fact don’t mention anybody, apparently including your own website – wrong.
Anyway I’ve finally done it to Apple’s liking. Miracle!
I really need a lie down now, but I’d better get on and upload the rest of my books while I’m on a roll!
Just a quickie, to let you know that Renee Pawlish is having another promotion of Mysteries/Thrillers. Every book is on offer at 99c / 99p, including my second Rafferty & Llewellyn, Down Among the Dead Men. Just click the link! If nothing takes your fancy, perhaps you’d pass it over to a friend. http://reneepawlish.com/promo/
To update you on my news: I’m now putting together a third box-set, of books 9 – 12. that is Blood on the Bones, A Thrust to the Vitals, Death Dues, and All the Lonely People.
I’m still in the throes of changing the series covers. As you will see, the next on the list is All the Lonely People. I really must email my cover designer to book her services. It’s not truly horrible as a cover, but I’m the first to admit I’m not brilliant at them, and I just haven’t the time to learn. Shame really, as I’d love to learn how to do them, but it’s just not on the cards, as I’m way too stretched as it is.
It’s good, really, that indie authors who have come from a traditional background as I have, don’t realise from the off, that in reality, we have to do all the work of an entire publishing company. We’d be like so many rabbits gazing mesmerised into the headlights if we did. God knows, I had enough trouble with formatting!
Then there’s marketing (newsletters, websites/blogs, promotion) where you have to learn about Facebook Ads, Lead Pages, Landing Pages, etc (I’ve watched so many webinars in an attempt to learn that you could call me ‘A goggle-eyed w****!).
Then there’s proofreading, of course, and keeping up with all the latest tips and tricks. My inbox gets so clogged, that most of the day is gone before I can actually do any of the work that keeps me fed and watered. Then there are covers; choosing the art-work can take days of your time. I used to buy this in a variety of different ways: you add the text and select the font, they do it, you buy the cover art from somewhere like istockphoto. and bring it into Gimp (free image manipulation), where you play about with it until it’s a mangled mess. You did keep a copy of the original, didn’t you? Ah . . .! Always learning.
But I love it, so I wouldn’t change it for the world; certainly not for the opportunity to return to traditional publishing. I kicked the dust of that off my heels six years’ ago, and was glad to do it. Paid twice a year? Duh! Tiny cheques? Even more Duh!
I’m an indie, and proud of it. Just stop with the new stuff for a while, okay? Because my brain is getting as clogged as my inbox. There’s only so much my poor over-worked brain can take in before it goes splat!
Now, where did I put my notes on that webinar about Lead Pages?
Why? Because I’ve had so much trouble over a two-year period from my self-hosted site. I could post, but I couldn’t customise, or do anything else radical without putting my password in. I’d forgotten my password, and every time I tried to change it, I was sent to the page that says ‘Couldn’t find what you’re looking for’! I was fit to be tied, and if I had a knife I’d have stuck it in someone!
No. Don’t get excited. I’m only using the cover of my work-in-progress to demonstrate how I felt. I’ve spent so much time trying to sort out the *!*!*!* website, I haven’t been able to concentrate on my book.
Anyway, I explained the problem to WordPress. Several times. I explained the problem to my self-host, Hostgator. Several times. I explained my problem to my designer. Several times. I couldn’t get an answer that solved my problem from any of them.
I’d also suffered a stroke in the intervening months, so I really could do without all the hassle and sheer frustration. I was left paralysed down the right (main) side, so I suffered from enough frustration already without my website adding to it. I’d give you a list of the things I can no longer do, but it would be a long list, and you’d die of boredom before you got to the end. Besides, I’m still discovering what they are!
No, I’m no Einstein when it comes to tech things, I’ll grant you that, and if I wasn’t so inept, I could probably have fixed it. All you techies are probably laughing your socks off at my dilemma, and saying, ‘Dumb broad’. Fair enough. You can’t be good at everything. Most of the things I am good at, are part of that long list I mentioned earlier.
I had reached the stage of throwing in the towel to such an extent that I hardly ever posted. But now I’m involved in several bundles, and I need to show willing and promote them.
Amazingly, my wordpress.com site worked-no password required, so I finally decided to return to it. Okay, it might not have all the bells and whistles of the self-hosted, designer-created site, but at least I can get into it! For now, possibly forever, that’s all I require.