I have done some scary stuff as a writer and broadcaster.
For years I wrote a newspaper consumer column (battling on behalf of the underdog) which regularly attracted threats of law suits. Thankfully they never came to anything but – trust me - I had some sleepless nights.
Then as a broadcaster I spent half my life with a huge knot in my stomach, waiting to go “live” and wondering if this would be the disaster that would end up on You- tube.
No idea why I worry so much. The broadcasting career went very well, actually. The consumer column was a hit too. But I was born to worry …so worrying is what I do.
Imagine then my terror as I press the publish button on Amazon for my first ebook .
“I think I’ve made a hash of it. Uploaded the book twice. Messed up the picture. It’s a complete disaster. I will be a laughing stock.”
The Husband – well used to this ritual- ignores me. He says that it will probably be just fine and that I should wait and see. I can always “unpublish” if there is a technical glitch.
But what will people think? What have I done? I am a professional. I have standards. . I should never, ever have started this whole ridiculous project…
So while other authors are busy putting together their marketing plan, tweeting to potential readers with smiles and a twinkle in their eye, I am wondering how long it will take me to “unpublish” the technical catastrophe that is my first e-book.
Kindle tells you that you have to wait 12 hours or so before the book surfaces.
TWELVE HOURS ? Are they serious? Do you have any idea how many stomach ulcers I can develop in TWELVE HOURS?
You may well have guessed ( and yes – the Husband has said he told me so) that I am publishing this post on the discovery that contrary to my fears, the book has - well, come out perfectly all right in the wash after all.
I did not apparently upload all the stories twice as I feared. Nor did I mess up the cover upload - even though an ominous warning triangle appeared at one stage.
Miraculously the finished product looks – well, absolutely fine actually.
For those who may be interested in the book – it’s a republishing project rather than a self-pub as the stories have been previously published by a range of national magazines. All the details are on my books page.
I will blog soon on the all the lessons I learned putting this little project together.
But, sorry – not just now.
For now, I need a bit of a lie down.
Teresa Driscoll - journalist, author, mother of two and lover of great coffee.