Day 852: The Book Launch

Day 852, December 19, Wednesday was the day when I finally launched my book online. I did have massive trouble with the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP, for short). Apparently, if you upload a PDF directly into this, your super beautiful design is completely ruined. Everything goes out of place! All the pretty images that you carefully adjusted to 15% transparency so they would serve as the background? All the bold and centred headings? All the aligned frames, circles, other elements? All gone. All gone awfully wrong. Don’t worry. This is a test. A test of patience and your motivation. Do you really want your book published? Do you really want it on Amazon where everyone can see it?

I did succumb a bit under the pressure and uploaded my e-book to Payhip. It didn’t stay there for long. Even the “refer 5 friends and get the book free” campaign didn’t get the sales up. Oh, well, must learn a bit about marketing (or actually finish my book earlier just like I had planned). This is the part I hate the most. I just want to create beautiful books, write about nutrition and life. I don’t want to bother with all that marketing. One day, I promise, one day, I will be famous enough so the books would advertise themselves. On day 852, however, I just uploaded my book to Payhip which was recommended in one blog as the best place to sell your e-books (a wiser person would read more blogs, I assume, but I was tired and frustrated). I then shouted it out on social media, hoping that someone would buy it. That someone would grab the offer and get the book for free if they refer 5 friends. Nah, didn’t work. One person did buy my book, one person believes in me. Anyhow, I launched the book with Payhip. How I eventually switched to Amazon Kindle is another story of another day. Because… it did happen a few days later.

Progress Report

1. Own and live in a house.

I truly wanted to believe that the book launch was a life-changing event. My money machine. I haven’t given up yet. This all could change. I do still believe that it was an important step towards my financial freedom, towards my dreams, towards the house.

2. Write AND publish a book.

I did publish.

3. Win a major race.

A kind of slippery run. I truly felt the snow! Not the easiest.

Photo of the Day

Proper winter as seen from our kitchen window.

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