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My friends call me Elldee. And breaking the half century mark has been highly motivating: happy wife, mother, writer, teacher, day dreamer.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Today I published my first ebook

I got sidetracked by blogging, and I think I let it happen on purpose. Today I uploaded my first book (In Times Passed) to Smashwords.  It was one of the most exciting things I have ever done.  Researching blogging let me settle into the fact that my book was now available.  I have been redrafting it for the last three months with a deadline date I set for August.  I beat that deadline by one day.

I searched for where to publish my ebook, and though I considered B&N and Kindle at Amazon, when I tripped over a reference to Smashwords and checked it out, I felt that I had arrived home.  Each step was scary but easy, as Mark Coker at Smashwords makes it easy.  When I downloaded my book onto my iPhone and flipped through the pages....euphoria.  I ran and showed my daughter, flipping the title page into view, then the table of contents and a few pages of the first chapter.  She said I looked scary and a little weird.  I think I am going to go see if I still look weird to her.

It only took an hour.

I decided to go ahead and dive into blogging.  I had no idea how to go about it, so with Robert Lee Brewer's post on writers and when they should start blogging under my belt, I proceeded to run in circles on the site for awhile, an hour maybe. I am not certain of the time, but when I last looked at the clock at the bottom of my screen it was after 1:00 pm and now it is after 5:00 pm.  I hope it was just an hour.  I spent a lot of time reading blog responses to his post and looking at stuff to get oriented.  I am a writer, a closet writer who just opened the door.  Boy, it's really big out here.  I think I will just gaze for awhile.