Elegant Execution, my debut poetry book, also featuring my dance photography, is now live on Amazon and available as an e-book (FREE if you have Kindle Unlimited) and a paperback.
I am well aware that poetry is a hard sell, but I took on the project in order to immerse myself in the self-publishing realm and to learn KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). It was a lot more work than I expected. I quickly learned that formatting poetry for digital devices is somewhat of a nightmare. Formatting the paperback was a whole other process and much easier – although it took me 7 attempts and it took me 9 goes at getting the e-book formatted! Four frustrating days and alot of swearing at the computer, but it finally got done. There are still formatting errors in the e-book, but it’s done, it’s out there and I learned from it what I needed to in order to have the confidence to to self-publish Hope Quest next month.
I truly had no expectations on selling Elegant Execution at all. It really was just meant for me to learn the process, so it was a very pleasant surprise to see my KDP report during the three days after the release. I had 10 e-books downloaded and sold 5 paperbacks! I sold my first 5 paperbacks!! THAT was pretty exciting.
I am continuing to write one to two poems a day and have already decided on putting out a second poetry and dance photography book later in the year (just did a model shoot for the next book yesterday!). Hope Quest will be broken up into 3 books. At nearly 500 pages, it is just too big to put out as one book, especially as my first published novel. So Book 1: Blackbird will be released May 18th and Book 2 will follow in about 6 – 8 weeks. Dare I admit that I am STILL reworking the ending?? I finished the final draft of Hope Quest last year after taking a year and half to write it, but I am still not 100% happy with the ending so I am working on it. I am hoping to get the final Book 3 out by the end of the year and eventually, offer all three as one book in 2020.
So many things in the works right now, but they’re all good. This has been a long time in coming.