So, I decided to take a little time off to give my eyes (and brain) a
little break. Yeah, right. Let me share with you how that went.
The first 2 days, I did actually stay off of the computer, and all
other digital screens (they really drain my eyes). Instead, in between loads of
built up laundry and cleaning chores, Frodo demanding to play with the frisbee,
and the cats getting into everything, I managed to catch up on a little
As I read through the next section of the 90 Day Challenge, my brain
went into overload with questions and ideas. There are so many possibilities, so
many little details and choices to make.
Having published 2 previous books, and helping several other
authors to publish their books, I’m not a novice. However, I was disappointed
in the sales of my books. But I learned from the experiences.
I learned that there are many more hats to wear as an
independent author than most people are aware of. So, I made it my mission to
learn every aspect of the writing industry, and learn how to become efficient
at each job. I won’t say that I’m an expert in all of it, particularly
in the technology area, but I learned how to perform all the duties for each
different job title.
After the rough draft was completed and being reviewed, the
next phase is creating the book cover.
Being an artist, I love the creation aspect, though I’m not
proficient in using the modern art programs on the computer (I still prefer
paper and pencils, but I’m old). It takes a little longer for me to figure out
how to work some of the programs, but with a fierce stubbornness, I finally
Once I figured out how to use my art software, I created 3
different cover designs that I felt represented the feel of the story.
I also created a private Facebook group, where I posted pictures
of the 3 designs and took a poll for the members to vote on their favorite.
While the voting process was going on, my mind jumped ahead
to the actual uploading the book to Amazon, along with creative marketing ideas.
(Sometimes, I start wearing several different hats at the same time, and it
gives me a headache.)
Knowing that Amazon changes their formatting requirements
from time to time, and this part of the technology is confusing to me at times,
I decided to check for any changes. And of course, there were several.
It took me a few days to work out the details, and I had a
few issues with the computer along the way. At one point, I felt like throwing
the computer out the window, so I took a break and played with the dog for a
Once I got the bugs worked out of the computer, I tried to
create a sample cover, but part of the process involves giving a page count to
build the correct size spine for the book.
I used KDP’s template to create the proper trim size, but of
course, in the conversion process, it changed the chapter layouts. So, I had to
change quite a bit of formatting, which took a few days. And since I’m still
working on editing, there may still be more formatting work to be done in the
days to come. But I at least got the majority of the work done for the cover.
The poll ended last night, and the winner is:
As of today, there are 31 days left until the book launch,
and still much work to be done. But for today, I’m celebrating one more check
off the list of to do’s.
The next phase will be where I’m going to need the most help
in making this book launch successful. So, if anyone is interested in helping
out, things like spreading the word, it would be most appreciated. (You might
even win a prize for your efforts.) You can let me know here in the comments,
or on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AmberLeaLeggette/
I’ll be posting more details in the
In the meantime, I want to say a BIG THANK YOU to everyone
for all the support and encouragement. I am so excited to see this all coming
“Live a life worth living, a life of integrity. Be real, kind, helpful and wise, always with an attitude of gratitude. And whatever it is you do, give 110% effort to it, even in the little things”. – Amber