I finished proofreading my book Friday night. I’d dance for joy, but it’s too damn hot. Here in Tennessee, we’re still over 100 degrees every day, and we only have two window air conditioners going in our house because our central unit broke (I daresay running almost continually was just too much for it). Currently, at 5:00 PM, it’s 90 degrees in the kitchen. Who will cook dinner has now become a serious argument in our house. Meals are sometimes skipped altogether.
Anyways, I told myself that I would take a vacation from my book for a week before I start in on the task of formatting it for e-book. (I also know that I’ll read through it one more time, looking for more typos). In fact, I may take off two weeks.
But don’t think I’ll be lying in a hammock outside, sipping pina coladas. (Way too hot for the hammock, although I’d never turn down a pina colada.) No, I have a list of writing chores to do during my “vacation.” (I only said I’d take a week off from my book, not from the rest of my writing.)
While I was in the editing zone this weekend, I went ahead and proofed a novella I’ve had sitting around for a few months. And despite having already made multiple covers for it, I made one more last night and decided I liked it the best.
So, my chore list for the next two weeks is:
1. Get my website fully functional. I have a skeletal version up, but I’m having trouble with some of the pictures loading and I just can’t get it to cooperate on dial-up. So I’ll have to stay late at work some evenings to beat it into submission.
2. Publish The Widow on Amazon and Smashwords. This requires that I actually study Smashwords’ style guide and apply it. Of course, this is also practice for my book, since I’ll have to do all the same things to it.
3. Go back and format “Vampire Lawyers” to comply with Smashwords’ style guide. While you can download the first volume from Smashwords, it’s only available on Smashwords. If I make it comply with the guidelines, there is the possibility that it will appear other places–like on Apple’s store, Barnes & Nobles, Amazon (I can’t list it on Amazon for free myself), etc.
4. Create the second volume of Vampire Lawyers and get it up on Smashwords.
I wasn’t kidding when I said my writing is a part-time job–bordering on full-time. I just hope, after three years, I can start making it pay. We sure would like to get a new air conditioner.