I did something recently that’s both exciting and scary! My next book, Understanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Exploring Historic Graveyards is now available for preorder on Amazon. Both the paperback and the ebook are available now at deep discounts! (I made the paperback $10 cheaper, in fact, for early birds! Whee!)
Why is that scary?
Because: DEADLINES! I am not a fan of deadlines, but the preorder process forced me to pick a hard and fast one for this book; August 19th! *gulp* So the scary part is that my book is not 100% done. The text needs smoothing, I’ve not sent it to the editor, and I’m still fussing around with the arrangement of topics.
KDP is Haunted…
What’s really got me quaking in my boots is adding all the photos. I want to add a bunch! But I find this tricky, especially when creating the ebook version. For some reason, a manuscript will look just fine and dandy, but after uploading to Amazon Kindle, photos get nudges this way and that, sometimes even right off the page. I swear Amazon KDP is haunted!
And my preorders were not showing up = panic!
Getting my paperback book set up for preorder on Amazon was a little confusing. They don’t make it as easy as they do for ebooks. One thing you’re supposed to do with paperback preorders is to check your account once a day and accept each purchase order.
After several days, however, there were no preorders in my account. I know of at least six people who preordered the book, though. I even preordered one from my hubby’s account as a test. Even then, my account still showed nothing.
Which led to a phone call from… India?!?
Naturally, this made me worried! So I wrote an email to Amazon. A few minutes later, I got a phone call from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India. I did not pick up because I get sooooo many spammy phone calls. As it turns out, however, that phone call was Amazon’s customer service. So keep that in mind if you ever deal with Amazon!
All sorted out…
As it turns out, I don’t have to start checking my account until a month before the book release. My account won’t show any preorders until then. Crazy, eh? But at least I know my preorders have not gone the way of all the missing socks my dryer has eaten..
Want to set up preorders for the paperback version of your book?
By the way, if you want to learn how to make your paperback book available for preorder on Amazon, check out this extremely thorough tutorial by Eric Van Der Hope: How to Set-up Pre-Orders on Amazon (for Print Books). The infamous “Big Six” publishers already know how to do this, but there’s surprisingly little info out there on this topic for us indie peeps. (Eric’s a really nice guy, as well! After I friended him on Facebook, he messaged me and asked if I needed any help.)
So there’s my IWSG post for this month. Time to get back to work! I look forward to making the rounds and seeing how everything’s going for you! :)
What is IWSG?
IWSG stands for “Insecure Writers Support Group.” It’s a monthly check-in for writers of all stripes. Its creator, Alex J. Cavanaugh, describes ISWG like this:
“Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!” – Alex J. Cavanaugh
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