Sounds like I’m coming back from a cliffhanger of an episode, doesn’t it?
In many way publishing is episodic, and can turn into high drama when you least expect things to go sideways. My experience has been very minimal to this point, as there are only two stories in my collection, but with Her Demonic Majesty being such an endeavor it was bound to hit some snags.
Snag One: the novel loaded to Amazon Kindle Direct without issues, and late Sunday night I was told it was live and ready for download. Only one problem: every time I tried to go to the novel page, I was getting a 404 message, saying the page didn’t exist. I let that go for Monday, but by Tuesday the situation was the same, and I was having a not-so-good feeling taking hold in the pit of my stomach.
Snag Two then showed: all of my work on Smashwords was rejected for Premium submission. Going Premium on Smashwords means getting set up on Barnes & Noble, Sony, Apple, and a few other distributors. What happened was this: I’d altered the name on my Smashwords account to reflect the name on my new cover, but that was a no-no, because the cover names on my other works didn’t match, and all hell broke loose.
So I switched the account name back, and therein appeared Snag Three: Her Demonic Majesty was rejected for Premium submission because, it would seem, my Table of Contents links were bad. Could be they were pointing at the wrong thing, could be they were formatted wrong, could be there were hidden bookmarks– Oops. Yeah, I remembered that I did that during the creation.
With that in mind, I set about getting things right.
First, I created new accounts on both Smashwords and Amazon for Cassidy. Then, I pulled up the Smashwords version of the uploaded document, removed all the bookmarks and hyperlinks, and started over, making sure there were no hidden bookmarks this time. Put them in, linked them, checked the links–everything was super.
Then I uploaded again.
The novel processed in two minutes, because I watched as it ran through the meat grinder. Everything came out fine, and the novel was at a new home with a new ISBN–yes, I couldn’t use the old one, because that one was assigned to my other name. Another thing to keep in mind. Right now the novel is going through review for Premium submission, and I’m hoping that all is well this time though.
What next? Tonight I’ll pull up the Kindle version of the novel and redo the Table of Contents as I did with the Smashwords version. Then, once that’s done, I’ll upload it to the next Amazon account, wait for the word that it’s been published, and look to see if it is, indeed, ready for selling.
Then I’ll get the world out.
Of course I could end up with errors I haven’t anticipated, but I’m hopeful that the current snafu came about because of the accounts, and not because the book format was sucky. After all, the meat grinder told me all was well, and why would it lie to me?
I’ll be right here, keeping my fingers crossed.