At some level, I guess I have always been a writer. However, like so many things, I let it slide by. Yet, here I am writing about my first published – self published – novel.
Hopefully, this will help others as well.
The novel is a short one. Not more than 30000 words. Perhaps a little more. I used Microsoft Word Online to write. I must say Microsoft has built a fantastic online office suite. Of course, once the novel is published, I should definitely
go for their office subscription to get the full suite. This is the
nice thing about cloud. I get to write on my first laptop, continue on
my second, then review on my droid and fix issues on my windows phone.
Then, perhaps the less fun part about writing a novel is the re-reading. I am self publishing. I don’t have a editor. Editing
means rewriting huge chunks of material. Then, after that rereading to
see if it all makes sense. Then there is the note taking. The notes that
support the novel are almost as long as the novel itself. Continuity issues are something even a boring writer such as me should avoid. My logic is, yes, my novel is boring. At least it is logical and does not break it’s own rules.
There are multiple ways to self publish. I have this blog, the main study nildana website. Then, I could have simply chosen to distribute a pdf or html or epub. Of course, there is also Google play store.
I decided to go with Amazon Kindle Publishing. Amazon has done a
fantastic job with their Kindle platform. I cannot think of a day when
Kindle apps have disappointed me. Their publishing terms were simple. I chose them.
There are a few things that first time writers must remember. I found this out the hard way.
Format the document with table of contents before publishing.
Have a neat cover letter ready in advance.
Have a disclaimer page
Have a copyright page
Have a thank you page
Have a welcome page (which can also double up as a author page.
As a developer, I like that I can update my books as I do with my apps. That means I can keep revising the novel without having to charge my customers (if any) for the second time.
If all goes well, I can finally unleash even more boring novels, books and short stories on this unsuspecting world. Thank you Kindle and Microsoft Word for enabling me!
Muaahhhhhhhhhh…Ha ha…..ha ha ha ha ha ha…..
Okay, I have got to stop the laugh thing now. Now that the book is live, what next for me? Let me see.
up, I really need to revise this published book. There are like so many
spelling mistakes, sentence mistakes and in general so many mistakes.
Need to fix that.
(now that I have the confidence of taking a story from writing to
editing and rewriting to publishing), I have some more stuff lined up. I
have a sequel (of course there is!) idea for the book that I just
published. Then, another story which is set in the universe – my own
shared universe if you will – is in the pipeline. In fact, the character
actually makes a gratuitous cameo here. Man, how I hate gratuitous cameos but what a writer is to do.
some serious stuff as well. I am fast and furiously blogging on c sharp
lately. Three years ago, I did the same thing with c programming as
well. The idea is to turn at least some of these into programming books.
I have found that some folks hate blogs but prefer books. If I could
put my information in book form, it just might be useful for some of my
students who belong to the book reading category.
there are all those short stories I wrote over the years. Then that
novel I started writing but abandoned. So many stuff. Hopefully, I will
get them all published soon.