That’s right, the Smashwords account is created, the KDP account is created, and the CreateSpace account is done. I got the confirmation at 12:12 AM that HPM is successfully published in the Kindle Store on Amazon. At 6:58 AM I received notification that someone actually purchased a copy from Smashwords (and if it was one of you reading this, let me extend my most sincere thanks). Additionally, I find on Amazon that I’ve sold one copy there as well.
Woohoo! My first sales!
Of course, I’m still fumbling through the process of determining distribution points, figuring out how to list the various versions on Goodreads, updating profiles on Twitter, Smashwords, Amazon, Goodreads, lining up advertisements, etc. I even accessed my Facebook account for the first time in months. (As a matter of fact, it’s been so long that I found a message on there that my martial arts instructor had left for me in September, asking me if it was my account!)
Some other things that have been going on in the background… if you look at the cover, you’ll notice there is a badge in the lower right corner. That is a “Red Adept Select” badge – something I’m pretty proud of. And yes, that’s one of the secrets I’ve had to keep my mouth shut about for a few weeks now. As a matter of fact, I’m actually writing this post the day before I can actually release it. By the time anyone sees this, the first promotion will have been released, and it will no longer be a secret. Red Adept Publishing has chosen Half Past Midnight as one of their Red Adept Select books.
As I said in my previous post, this process has been a veritable roller coaster ride, and there have been a lot of lessons learned. There are things I will most definitely do again on my next one, and there are things I will most definitely NOT do. It’s been a great learning experience – though at times the lessons learned have been similar to some I learned in my martial arts training.
Still, though not too many people know it’s there yet, I am now a published author. And as crazy as this roller coaster ride has been, it’s the first step into a life that I am really looking forward to. Of course, something else that I’m looking forward to is the time in the (hopefully) near future when I can say I’m finished with the time investment on promoting HPM, and ready to get back to spending the majority of my time writing again.