Sunday night I started the process on CreateSpace to bring STOLEN SPRING into a reality on PAPER. Yes, it's on the Kindle, but I want to hold it in my hot, little hands.
Monday was a LOT of proofreading and searching for those pesky widows and orphans once I downloaded my ms into the document that was sized perfectly for my final book.
Monday slid into Tuesday, and that was when the real fun started.
Page numbers. I was defeated by formatting page numbers in Word 2007.
Three hours later, I was all like
I tossed out an emergency call onto Facebook, hoping someone would answer my plea. I was desperate. I knew whatever I was doing was basically right, but I was MISSING SOME KEY STEP. After looking through the Word Help menu, and online help, I had a flood of answers to my pathetic cry for help on Facebook, and then I was all like
But I was still having issues... something wasn't clicking into place... it was past midnight.... and then my most awesome friend Denise Grover Swank wrote, "Send it to me." I sent her a copy and she fixed the page numbers in the beginning, and sent it back. I messed with it for a bit longer, and after what seemed like another four days but was closer to an hour, I finally figured it out!!!
And then I was all, I love Denise THIS MUCH
My page numbers were in Wednesday morning, my cover was done Wednesday night, and I clicked PUBLISH. The file goes to the CreateSpace busy bees to be reviewed, and they email you when the review is complete. I figured I had some time, so I got ready to be swamped with fans......
Ready for my close-up when Brad and Angelina show up to talk about starring in the movie version:
And now today, Thursday, I got the email that let me know STOLEN SPRING is through the review process and I was able to order REAL PAPER COPIES ALL GLOSSY COVERED AND EVERYTHING AND I WAS ALL LIKE -----------------------
And tonight there will be much celebrating as soon as the wee scrubblings are in bed, and the following items may or may not be consumed with much glee..........
And then I looked at the calendar and realized my preview copies will arrive ON THE SAME DAY WE'RE SUPPOSED TO LEAVE FOR A FOUR-DAY CAMPING TRIP!!! NOOO!!!!!!!!
So to avoid Sad Face and More Crying, I am pulling the Mom Card and we're leaving the next day for camping so I can review my book and PUBLISH THAT SUCKER!!!!
I want to thank all my friends for riding along this journey with me, and I can't wait to meet more people through my writing. I am working on the second book now, and it's turning out pretty darn awesome.