Update: I'm happy to announce that paperback pre-orders are now available! See the links below.
Indie publishing is not for the faint of heart. It's a business venture like any other, full of highs and lows. I was inspired to write a post about a recent low after reading the latest issue of the MailChimp blog (Issue #8: The one where Meg cries 😭) detailing Meg's Freddie and Co. store launch snag. I've found this blog series endlessly entertaining, and I wanted to write today's post in solidarity with Meg, to let her know that snags happens to the best of us.
If you're subscribed to my newsletter, this blog, or my Facebook page, you've probably seen plenty of announcements for pre-orders of my newest dark fantasy novella The Taming. You may have also seen mention that pre-orders for the paperback version were supposed to start today. Unfortunately, they aren't.
When I started moving The Taming into the final production stages, I knew from my last publishing experience that I was not using Lulu Books again (ever again), for a variety of reasons I won't go into right now. So, because I've heard many indie authors use a combo of CreateSpace (for Amazon orders) and IngramSpark (for all other orders), I decided to go the same route. Unfortunately, I ran into snags from the start.
For one thing, my cover dimensions were ever-so-slightly off, requiring me to make changes. This delay cost me a whole day.
Second of all, CreateSpace is not set up so that you do pre-orders directly through CS. You have to use Amazon Advantage to do that, which adds a whole new layer of complication. I wasn't getting into that.
Third of all, when my proofs arrived, my matte cover didn't come out the way I'd hoped. In fact, the CS version had an almost pencil eraser-like texture, and the title was too dark.. So, I had to change the cover type to glossy and make the red more red.
And, fourth, although IngramSpark does allow for pre-orders (and has a really nice system set up for this), what they don't tell you when you set up your title is that it could take retailers up to 4 weeks (yes, weeks) to list your book on their site. If you have events around the release of the book, they recommend you set up your title 6-8 weeks in advance. I only found this out this morning, by accident. While the paperback version of the book is ready to go for pre-orders today on my side, it's unlikely that you will actually be able to pre-order the book today.
So, you see, Meg, launch day snags happen to the best of us. Even those of us who have launched things before. So, don't cry, Meg. It'll all work itself out in the end.