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Writing a book is not for the faint of heart.  It is not, as I once believed, something you just do.  

No.  Its actually a journey you go on.

This journey, my journey, has been a long one.  Approximately 3 years longer than I estimated and so much more work.  Editing, re-editing, scrapping chapters and re-writing chapters.  Like all journeys there were times of exhilaration and joy and times of passionate frustration.   More than once I was given reason to believe I may FINALLY have landed an agent.  But when those led nowhere, I decided to self publish though Ingram Spark, a company with several DIY publishing options.  

I wish I could say this was a thrifty walk in the park, but it truly has been neither cheap, nor easy.  Uploading the book in all the correct file formats was beyond me as each file for the book, ebook and corresponding covers were required to be in different formats.  I thought it would be pretty simple.  I’m no computer genius, but I’m savvy and once blogged for over a year so I somewhat understand computer things….  But this was…a lot.  

And just when I was about to pull all of my hair out of my help and let the grand idea of my publishing my book be put to rest, my wonderful husband stepped in to help.  With his knowledge of coding he spent hours getting the ebook formatted.  And sizing things.  And tabbing things…He is wonderful.  And now we are only days away from a book release so that is VERY relieving.  Not to mention EXCITING!

I cannot blame Ingram Spark for my computer ignorance. I can only say (from my experience) its a bit difficult to self publish though them.  I am hopeful the final book will be awesome and can’t wait to see it.  One good thing, I did have a good experience calling them and they were super helpful.    

All this to say that the long journey is finally coming to an end.  I can see a finish line.  I’m not sure I can say I would do this journey again.  But I’m glad to have done it.  


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