I finally got my memoir, Dear Oprah, out on Amazon. What a chore! I had to format it over and over again to get it to read correctly and there are still some places that don't work well. Rule of thumb: Bulleted lists are a nightmare. Since they were readable, I finally gave up and just posted it anyway.
I never wanted to self-publish, but this is a book I wish I'd had when I got sick. I didn't want to wait the years it would take to find an agent and a publisher, if that was even possible.
Originally, I was just going to put the book out there on Kindle, but lately, I've become obsessed with the idea of having a hard copy to drop off at hospitals and give away to friends. (Obviously, I am not viewing this experience as a money-making opportunity :) ). So, I started formatting it for CreateSpace. At 4 a.m., I finally gave up this morning and decided to take a break. It's not that the formatting is hard. It's that I am doing something wrong, and I don't know what it is.
Perhaps later today, after I go take a little swim in Lake Melrose, go buy some nice healthy snacks at Trader Joes (who am I kidding - I'm going for chocolate dippers) and after I put some editing checks in the bank so I can relax for the weekend, I'm going to try again. Sometimes you just need a break.
But it is such a good feeling to be done with this monster. I worked so long on it, edited it so many times I was sick of it. Working on this book brought back some painful memories. My wonderful critique group kept encouraging me to dig deeper, work harder, be more honest, more detailed. Sometimes it was tough to relive some of the more painful experiences. But now I am done. I don't care whether there are problems in the damn book - I am done. Once it's published, it's over. (Don't get me wrong - if someone finds a horrible error, I'll fix it - reluctantly!)
So, now one of my seven books is online. I have six more completed books to do something with. And some of them will be a challenge, obviously. I mean, who's going to read a book of poetry? Or a book of literary short stories? But I'll keep working on it. There are so many options these days.