I Accidentally Published My Book

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This morning’s coffee, from where I’m writing this, except now the cup is empty.

No, I don’t have a link for where to buy it just yet, but it won’t be long – a few days at most. The reason for the delay is that before the book becomes available for purchase Amazon has to review and approve it, which can take up to 72 hours.

It’s on it’s way though. Soon…

So how did I publish my book by accident? Isn’t that something I should have put some thought into and planned carefully?

Yes, yes it is, and I have, mostly.

The eBook version of my book is currently up for pre-order and is still set to be released on the 2nd of February. I have a few promotions scheduled and they’re still going ahead as planned.

What I didn’t realise is that KDP (the publishing service) doesn’t provide any pre-order functionality for paperback versions.

Old cover gone
The old cover image. I’ll probably use it for promos still, but it’s good to finally have the real one.

Yesterday I got the final cover image for the book. I was really excited about it (I still am), and I spent the entire evening – and well into the night – setting up the book for print. This would be enough for a blog post on its own, as I made some interesting mistakes and learned a few things for the future.

The important thing is I got it done and at a little before two in the morning I had approved the preview of the print on demand version of the book. I sorted out the pricing for the various Amazon market places, and I clicked the Save & Publish button.

After that I just sat there staring at the screen.

It slowly dawned on me that I hadn’t set a date for the book to be available, and there hadn’t been anything about it being published at the same time as the eBook. A little bit of searching and a few questions to people in the know soon confirmed there really is no pre-order for paperbacks.

When I clicked that button it was the signal for Amazon to start the process of reviewing the book for publishing. Once they’ve checked that it fulfils all of their requirements the book will be available for purchase.

This wasn’t what I’d planned, but now that the ball is in motion I’ll roll with it (pun intended). Someone told me they release the paperback early and treat it as a soft-launch before their eBook goes live. They use it as a way to try and get some reviews in time for the main launch, and I think I’ll do the same.

Once the link to purchase the book is available I’ll tell my friends about it and badger them into reviewing it for me. Also, I’ll obviously share it here too.

But what about the cover image?

Yeah, it’s done. I’ve got it. It’s amazing. Even then, I’ll still wait until the paperback can be purchased to share it here. Just a little longer. A day or two. Until then, here’s a teaser image with a quote from the book using the back cover image as a background:

No wind blows. Trees stand tall and silent around her – black pillars rising out of a grey carpet of snow.A night wears no colour.Far above, in the depths of the skies, stars sing the

 

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I Accidentally Published My Book

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