I spent today in the bowels of the beast, by which I mean Amazon and Smashwords. Most of the Amazon time was spent trying to figure out how I tell it that I don’t want to be exclusive to Kindle and just hitting “Save” until it told me it was in review and I couldn’t poke anything any more. I guess that’s how that works.

Theoretically the Goblin novella is up on Smashwords. I am looking at it and it looks like a thing that is up there.

I am frightened.

So as I understand it, Smashwords is mulling it over now and I guess they decide whether or not it meets the standards for kicking out to iBooks (which is the major reason to go through Smashwords at all) and I have no idea how long that takes.

Meanwhile, Amazon is also mulling it over and theoretically it will be up in about twelve hours or so.

And….err….that’s what I have done.

THIS IS TERRIFYING AND I’M COLD AND ALONE AND THERE ARE WOLVES SOMEONE HOLD ME OR AT LEAST GIVE THE WOLVES A CHEW TOY BECAUSE THE ONE ON THE LEFT IS GIVING ME A WEIRD LOOK

So I guess that’s me having self-published the first T. Kingfisher book.

Um.

So that’s that?

Anyway, if Smashwords is the thing you use, I guess you can buy a copy here. And I will try and do a big self-confident LOOK AT MY SHINY NEW BOOK RELEASE thing like a real author who wears pants and everything when all the formats are up and running.  (Please do not ask for an ETA. I don’t know either. I am starting to think this was all madness.)

ETA: It thinks it is live on Amazon, but in a horrifying twist of fate, the front end is live and buyable, while the backend thinks it hasn’t been published yet, so I can’t fix the big format bug that duplicates a chapter! ARRRRRRRGHGHH! If you bought it in the last few minutes, um…I’m very sorry. It will be fixed as soon as Amazon lets me!

WOLVES

(Incidentally, if you find any freakish formatting errors that destroy the reading experience, PLEASE tell me here, and I’ll do what I can. I can’t fix presentation on some of the weirder formats (Sony e-readers, looking in your direction!) but this is the sort of thing I’d like to know!)

ETA: AAAAARRGHGGHHHHH!  If you bought it before, um, 2:30, you’ll need to get the new version, because GODDAMN SCRIVENER DIE IN A FIRE duplicated a chapter. *sobbing*

  • reply Anjela ,

    Just got it from Smashwords! YAY YOU! You did it!

    • reply Amy ,

      Got it! Loaded it to Nook (simple touch)! Looks great, can’t wait to give it a read!

      Given the trials of formatting the thing, do you want to know about formatting errors if any pop up?

      • reply illisse ,

        Is it text only or is it graphics & text?

        • reply merry ,

          Looking forward to buying it! You’ve got such a great storytelling voice.

          Also, I strumbled across this creature today. It looked like something you might like.

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyrax

          (I mean, it’s tiny and related to elephants! And its name has an ‘x’ in it!)

          • reply Jamie ,

            Purchased from Smashwords immediately upon finishing reading this post, as a belated birthday present for my partner. Also me. A much more belated birthday present for me than for him, given that I was born in July. Which means I might as well say, “Hooray, a present for me, for it is a day that ends in Y!” Or “Excellent, I am not on fire! First round’s on me! Also, the new T Kingfisher novella.”

            Any excuse, though, right?

            • reply Jamie ,

              Also, 2:30 what? AM? PM? EST? GMT? AMD?

              • reply solidsquid ,

                Never used smashwords before, but definitely going to again. look at the pretty selection of formats it’s available in! They even have plain text which makes reading it on a phone much easier!

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