Fathers day weekend was fun. Spent a lot of time with my parents at their place on the river. I helped my dad put together one of the Jet Ski's. They are becoming more trouble than they are worth. Each year you have to put in a new battery and $40 yes FORTY dollar a gallon oil plus gas, registration etc makes them an easy $200 to get running every year. Friday it was nice, but Sunday when we got the second one in the water finally, the wind had created 2-3 foot wave swells. Test running the jet ski was a jarring ride that my back has yet to forgive me for. I am not even going to get into how the boat engine was disassembled by the company who winterized it and said it was water ready.
Today in the world of being a writer, author, publisher marks a special day. I uploaded my manuscript to Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lightning Source. Two locations for eReaders and the printing company. Everything appears to have gone smoothly so now I am in a "hurry up and wait" phase. Amazon says 24 hours, Barnes and Noble says 48ish, and Lightning Source says it will be a while. 10 days for them to create and send me my proof copy. Once that is approved, then I can order print runs of it and it will be listed through Ingram Book's catalog. When it shows up on Amazon or Barnes and Noble to buy as a paperback, I have no idea. Research points to as little as a week after the proof is green lit to as many as 10 weeks.
The eBook versions have been priced at $2.99. The paperback has a retail price of $14.15. I chose that price for my own convenience. When you add the 6% sales tax for Idaho, it makes it an even $15. So if I sell any copies out of my truck, I do not have to worry about too much change. I also have set up an account with Square. This is a company that lets you take Visa, Mastercard, Discover, and AMX cards through your phone. They take a 2.75% cut from every swipe, but its worth it. If you have any experience in dealing with a card services company that has contracts, fees etc. You should be delighted with Square.
Book two of The Eternal Gateway series is currently at chapter 2. I have set myself an aggressive goal for it. I would like to see the first 5 chapters completed by the end of the week. Unless something goes horribly wrong with Requiem now that it is released, all my time can go to Guardian. I still plan to use Mondays and Thursdays as the days I blog to help market and promote my work. It took 5 weeks to complete the first draft of Requiem. With the added work of promoting etc, my goal is 7 weeks to have the rough draft of Guardian complete and a stretch goal of the final book, Sentinel, finished for the holidays.