This weekend just passed, my writing work was mainly publishing. I had finished review of the proof copy of The Candy Store Generation sometime last week, and typed the edits in the CreateSpace file for the print book. However, I decided I needed to do whatever I could to improve the print graphics, and so began work on those. I think by Friday evening I had four graphs re-done, at a higher resolution, ready to insert into the print book.
But the graphs were fine as they were for the e-book. So I decided to make the edits on the Kindle and Smashwords files and upload them. I think I had about 15 typos to correct, and maybe 20 places where I improved the wording. So I had to type these three times, once in each previously formatted file. I had that completed by Saturday morning, and uploaded the new versions.
I also have in hand the proof copy of the homeschool edition of Documenting America. Friday evening, while watching the Olympics, I proofread the material added for the homeschool edition. It’s about 30 pages of material, but a lot of that is pasted-in URLs that don’t require proofing. This was done by evening’s end, and I typed those edits on Saturday and uploaded the new version to both Kindle and Smashwords.
I did not, however, do anything on the two print books. Documenting America will be fairly easy to do, as I think there were only six or seven typos to correct, and no graphics. The Candy Store Generation will be harder. I should have taken the hour required to get Documenting America done and off my to-do list, but after correcting four book files and uploading them, I was kind of weary, and decided to put it off till tonight or tomorrow.
Which leads me to a conclusion I’d noted before, but haven’t written about. I’m finding being my own published to be a wearying enterprise. Writing tends to excite and energize me. I feel as if I could write for hours without any loss of desire to keep going.
But when I do publishing tasks, it’s all I can do to keep going, to finish those items I need to do get the book uploaded (and hence “published”) and go on to the next publishing task. And that’s with essentially zero self-promotion of my books. I don’t know how weary I’ll feel once I start doing some of that.