It’s a long ADHD story, sad but true, and instructional.
I publish my books on KDP, a subsidiary of Amazon. Their authors’ page lists all the books and their status. I looked at it several times, but not carefully. It looked complicated and daunting, especially to someone technologically challenged. I let it slide.
After several years, some of the books weren’t selling well. I forced myself to check again. Some of the books had never actually been published. I did manage to fix that.
A few years after Your Life Can Be Better was published, Amazon put little yellow warning signs on it, because it had typos. They sent me an email about eight errors. I didn’t know what to do about this, so I let it slide.
I finally decided to do something about it. I couldn’t find their email, so I let it slide.
Then I found a place to clik that would list the errors, so I didn’t need the email. But I couldn’t find the manuscript file. So I let it slide.
Months later, I realized I could ask for help, not one of my strong points. I called KDP and a very helpful lady emailed me a copy of the manuscript. KDP listed the error location numbers, but the manuscript didn’t have location numbers. But I was able to use search and find and correct the errors anyway.
The little yellow signs went away. Yay!
Then I saw many errors in the manuscript that they hadn’t noted. I used Grammarly and went through the whole script and corrected well over 100 other errors.
Now I need to replace the manuscript. That doesn’t look hard. I’ll try not to let it slide.
Then I need to make it a second edition. This involves, among many other steps, changing the book cover. That seems very complicated. I hope I don’t let it slide.
Strategy: Don’t let things slide. You’ll regret it.
Personal Notes O the Day:
Got hyperfocused on the novel. Now I’m ready to pick up the new ADHD book again. I’ve weeded out the duplicate tips; that was a booger. Now draft twelve will be filling in the holes. Hope that’s easier.
The story above drags out over at least five years. Just so you know.
Thank you, Annette, for your great help on the novel. One or two more drafts and I can publish it. Excited about it.
Laura, did you have some questions?
Questions O the Day:
- Anybody understand how to edit a Kindle book cover easily? I need to change the title and take out ADD/ADHD; it’s just ADHD now.
- I’ve been urged to do audiobooks, but my impression is that it’s too complicated, time consuming, and expensive. Any thoughts?
- Anyone have experiences with letting things slide, or is it just me?