I spent the last week making last amendments to my manuscript before sending it to draft2digital together with the final e-book cover to be formatted and converted into epub, mobi and pdf formats.
I then used Draft2digital to publish them for pre-order so that it would generate an isbn number which I could send to Jackie, my cover designer, to add to the wrap around cover for the print version which I also started setting up on create space.
With the book on pre-order at three online retailers plus Amazon UK and US, I was in a position to be able to send out advance copies to my advance review team who had signed up in the previous weeks.
For this I used Bookfunnel’s certified mail option which creates a unique version of the book for each reviewer. Bookfunnel sends out an email with download instructions and I sent a follow up email from my own account to advise reviewers to check their spam folder of they hadn’t seen the email.
The reviewers now have two weeks to read the book while I focus on the marketing plan and creating adverts.
All this has distracted me from finishing my fourth book which was meant to be ready by the end of December but now looks unlikely to be finished by the end of January.