“RISKY ISSUES” IS OUT!!! (+ I have a new site!)

Last Updated on: July 8th, 2018

 

Ebook Cover - Risky Issues by Lorraine Reguly

Yes, that’s right – my ebook, Risky Issues, is finally out!

I’m jumping with joy over here! (Okay, I’m not, literally, but I AM pretty excited!)

During the past two weeks, I’ve been busy. As it turns out, there is A LOT I hadn’t considered doing, but did.

Let’s back up a moment, shall we?

First things first…

I tried to format my book for Amazon, but ran into problems. Most of you know already that I’m a self-proclaimed non-techie, so this shouldn’t surprise you too much!

But I AM resourceful.

So what I did was this: I went on Facebook and jumped onto a group for indie authors (to which I have belonged for a while) and simply asked for a recommendation to an inexpensive formatter. After several conversations, I ultimately got help from Rich Meyer.

Who the heck is Rich Meyer?

Rich Meyer offers services at a relatively cheap rate and does a great job.

He rambles on his blog, too. 😉 But amongst all the book reviews is a golden post about formatting for free.

So, yeah, Rich is a great guy.

And yes, yes, he’s an author, too. Check out his Amazon author page! It gives you some information about him and also lists the books he’s written.

Uploading Problems

I originally uploaded my ebook to Amazon with the ISBN I was given. (Because I live in Canada, I get ISBNs for free. I just had to apply for it.) But then, I noticed that there was a minor issue when I previewed my ebook. There was no space between two words, but there should’ve been. So I had to correct it and then upload a new file. But then, in the same sentence, a space was deleted again. I know that these issues were caused as a result of the formatting, as my Word document was perfectly edited. So, I uploaded it again, after fixing the problem.

However, because the two files were technically “different,” my ISBN would not be accepted by Amazon. So I emailed the person from CISS (the Canadian ISBN Service), who explained to me that “every time there is a change in format or a change in edition, a new ISBN must be assigned.”

Great. More work. And all because one file contained “thework” and the other, “the work.”

I took a deep breath, and requested a new ISBN. Because I was originally assigned a “block” (a set of sequential ISBNs that are assigned to a publisher or self-publisher), this was easy to obtain.

(FYI, ISBN blocks come in different sizes. They can contain either 10, 100, 1000, 10 000, 100 000 numbers. All ISBNs found in the block start by the publisher prefix and are followed by other numbers to identify a publication and validate the ISBN. A publisher prefix identifies the publisher and the country of the publisher, and my prefix showed that I am a Canadian publisher and that I was assigned a block of 10 ISBNs.)

Because I was changing my ISBN, I decided to add a P. S. to the Special Note From The Author section of my ebook. I added my special poem, which I wrote when I was fifteen. (I would have added it to the table of contents, but I didn’t know how to format it properly!) I then uploaded my new file to Amazon with the new ISBN.

Adding Books to Goodreads

Once all that was complete, I added my book to Goodreads. Again, I had some problems with this. (Big surprise… I am a non-techie, remember?)

I ended up speaking with someone from Goodreads who explained that once books are added to their database, they cannot be removed. Apparently there are strict rules for this, too. So my book is listed twice instead of once. But really, I’m assured, it’s not a big deal. I will know for next time, though, to make sure everything is perfect and to only do it once.

Sigh.Ebook Cover - Risky Issues by Lorraine Reguly

Secondly, the things authors need to do…

Then the real work began. By “real” I mean “time-consuming” and “tedious” but necessary.

What did I do?

What a pain in the butt this all was! But kinda fun, too. 😉 However, I’m grateful they are all done.

I was interviewed, too…

It seems like things happen really fast sometimes. Shortly after Risky Issues went live, my good friend and indie author Melissa Bowersock sent me an email asking me some questions, which she turned into a blog post: Author Interview: Lorraine Reguly on Reaching a Milestone.

I’d recommend reading it if you want to pick up some tips. 😉

Then there was the birth of a new site… free of charge!

During the past year, many people told to me to snatch up a website with my name as the domain. Their urgency was unnecessary, in my opinion, as I’m the only Lorraine Reguly in this world. (Yes, it’s true!)

But now that I’m an officially published author, I figured it was about time to set up an author website.

So I did.

In fact, about 16 days ago, I purchased my domain name. With my hosting plan with Abivia, I’m allowed to have four other websites free of charge!

I also purchased a premium theme, which I had a few problems with, but which I eventually ironed out.

I installed plugins – including a new one I just found out about (and which I also installed on this site, which has worked wonders!) called Anti-Spam. This plugin is free and I highly recommend it!

My new author site is called Lorraine Reguly: Laying It Out There. I even set up a place where people can subscribe to my Author Newsletter!

Commenting on the new site is not yet available

While I was setting up my new site, I disabled the ability for people to leave comments. So far, I have published three posts, all visible from the home page.

The posts are:

They are all very short posts, so I’d encourage you to give them a read.

What’s Next?

Next I have to get my book up on Smashwords. Then I have to begin marketing it.

I’m going to be asking others to help, too, so if you are a blogger and want to help me with this, please let me know via email. You can interview me, simply feature my book on your site, whatever… I’m open to anything, and appreciate all the help I can get. 🙂

And if you want to buy Risky Issues and/or leave me a review of it, you can do that, too!

Regardless of what you choose to do, could you please share this post on your social networks? I’d love it if you did!

Thank you, and see you soon!

 

 

20 thoughts on ““RISKY ISSUES” IS OUT!!! (+ I have a new site!)

  1. jean moynahan says

    Congratulations, Lorraine! I think a lot of us can relate to your experience with the technical issues–I’m glad to know I’m not the only one:)
    I look forward to reading the new book!
    Jean

    • says

      Jean, it’s tough trying to figure out the techie stuff, for sure, which is why I always tell people about my problems. If I can, I teach them how to overcome them, too.

      I hope you like the stories in my book! 🙂

      Thanks for visiting Wording Well.

  2. says

    Lorraine congratulations. Getting your domain name was a very smart move. I am not a techie either but when you try as hard as you do, it is so rewarding that you were able to figure it out. I wish the best of luck on your new book. I can’t write and can’t ever imagine writing a book so my hat is off to you.

    • says

      Thanks, Arleen. 🙂

      I have to admit that I’m getting a teensy bit better when it comes to solving easy technical issues. But I still envy those who are more technically adept than I am!

      If you ever need a ghostwriter, Arleen, let me know. I’m available for hire! Just refer to my Writing Services page or email me with your book concept. 🙂

  3. Adrienne says

    Hey Lorraine,

    Looks like congratulations are definitely in order. It must be so exciting for you having your book finished.

    Although you claim to not be very techie, this is how it all comes into play. I wasn’t either my friend but when hit with issues that you have to resolve you end up finding someone who can help you or they show you how it’s done. Either way it’s a learning experience and then all of a sudden there’s one more thing you did not know before.

    I’m happy that you went with your domain and are working on yet another blog. I applaud you for that and I’m sure it will all work out just fine.

    Best of luck to you with the book and the site and I know there are many more books still to come.

    Have a wonderful end to your week and a fun weekend.

    ~Adrienne

    • says

      Thanks, Adrienne. It’s taken some time, but I think it’s a worthwhile investment. 😉 And yes, there are more books to come! 🙂

      I’m going camping this weekend, so I’ll see you next week!

    • says

      Yes, Lois, it is, isn’t it? 😉

      Thanks, too. I was, indeed a ton of work, but I enjoyed all of it, even though I was faced with some challenges. One day, I’ll be able to take that cruise I wanted…

  4. Congratulations Lorraine! No easy task writing a book and it seems like the writing part is only the beginning. You have certainly been busy, learning and doing all kinds of things. Then again, I don’t think you ever slow down. You are always growing and changing, that alone is worthy of celebration. 🙂

    • says

      Debra, you are so right! Just when I thought I could take a vacation, along comes the publication of my ebook, and a ton of other “work” to do! Sigh. Such is the life!

      I don’t think I know the meaning of the word “slow” anymore. 😉

      Thanks for your comment, Debra. I appreciate the kind words. That they are the truth makes me appreciate them that much more. 🙂

  5. Hi Lorraine; I am so proud of you. I’m sure the book is going to be a great success. I like to look at success in two steps. there is personal and then there is financial. just for completing this project you are a rock star in my opinion. You continue to overcome and improve. Its no wonder we like each other so well. 😀 I wil definitely be sharing the post and will send it to my friends at the radio show as they love supporting indi authors musicians film makers etc. I wish you lots of sales and positive reviews. take care, Max

    • says

      Max, you are so sweet. Thanks for your kind words. They mean a lot to me.

      I agree with you about success. Having reached this milestone was a huge step for me, and that already has made me successful. Plus, having friends like you in my corner says a lot about my success, too.

      I appreciate the sharing, Max. So much! You are a rock star, too, in my opinion, for all you have done and are continuing to do. But you know that already, don’t you, my friend? 😉

      And no, your use of the “colon, capital D” didn’t escape me, either. 😀

  6. Hi Lorraine,

    Congratulations! I just loved this share because I’m a non-techie person too, but where there’s a will, there is a way! And you found your way around.

    This book looks great and I wish you all the success in the world!

    -Donna

    • says

      Donna, thank you so much! It’s tough trying to figure things out on your own, I agree. Fortunately, there are a lot of tools – and people – who will help. And you’re right – where there’s a will, there’s a way! 🙂

  7. Lorraine – sincere congratulations. Your excitement came through loud and clear and I couldn’t be more pleased for you.
    I really liked you being a non-techie – gives me hope that maybe me too, some day.
    Lenie

    • says

      Thanks! I was/am pretty excited! 🙂

      On a more somber note, Lenie, I know how you feel. I was where you are right now in January of 2013. I’m not sure what you need help with, but if you let me know, I will share with you what I’ve learned. In fact, some of my older posts do just that…

      What’s your biggest problem with blogging?

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