Anxiety and Frustration

Yesterday I finished my second swipe at things first readers found messed with their heads while reading. We’ll call those edits. I finished the edits.

Now I need to work on cover art. I still love the image I have chosen, but I need to do a little more with it. And fix the title. I had an idea. I hope I remember it.

And then I’ll need to format the print book. I’m toying with the idea of trying KDP’s new print book system, except I really like formatting the interior. It’s my place to be visually artistic with the arrangements of my words, and that makes me happy. So I’ll probably stick with CreateSpace until that new service sorts itself out. In fact, I have another piece I could try KDP’s service with. Might do that.

I blogged 334 words yesterday and edited for .75 hours, which was enough to finish. I shouldn’t dread the fixing of words because it never takes me as long as I expect it will. I believe I’ve spent only around four hours total doing first reader fixes, and probably only another four shoving things through the computer generated grammar fixer. This is probably not as much time as it deserves, but it is as much time as I gave it.

One office day’s worth. Not a lot.

My mind is elsewhere this morning, at the events to come on Friday afternoon and not in the present. There’s a bit of prep to do for that, and it routinely stresses me out. I am anxious (though there is nothing to be anxious about) and stressing (though again, there’s no real reason), and I can’t wait until Friday is over completely.

2 Replies to “Anxiety and Frustration”

  1. Hugs on the anxiety!

    I’ve not heard any positive reviews of KDP’s print book service. Everyone I know who’s tried it has said they’ll stick to CreateSpace until Amazon gets it out of beta.

    If Amazon really wants to create a unified experience, they should just add spots to upload your print cover and print interior to the KDP dashboard so you can do it all at once, and then provide checkboxes for people who are only providing print or only e-book. Wouldn’t that be much simpler?

    Anyway, hooray for time spent editing!


    1. I haven’t heard anything besides, “I’m going to wait until the kinks are worked out.” I should probably look for a decent review.

      I like your idea for Amazon’s unified experience. I’d go there. 🙂


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