Becoming Mother

A book and a blog for first-time mothers

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“Becoming Mother” Book Update: only 2 weeks left!

So many victories in the past week as I press on to publishing “Becoming Mother: A Journey of Identity“! Here’s a recap of this week’s progress.

1) New followers! Thank you for joining me on this journey. You are why I do this.

2) Finished laying out the e-book in Adobe InDesign and (with great effort and a lot of time) converted the file to a Kindle-ready file. I viewed it on my own Kindle and through Amazon’s Kindle previewer (for newer versions of the Kindle) and the results are FANTASTIC. Even the pictures are crystal clear. This was no small feat. I have never done anything like this before, so I spent a lot of last week learning Adobe InDesign, asking questions to other writers in Google+ communities, reading Kindle guidelines, proofing, and even examining computer code in unzipped EPUB files. Oh, and asking my husband to figure out how make pictures scale-able in the computer code. Yeah. That kind of stuff will drive you bonkers after a while. But, oh, the things you’ll do for something you’re passionate about.

3) Proofread and edited the ebook three more times.

4) Added new content: “Initiation” and “Book Club Discussion # 3: My Body, My Choice.” More clicks on the “My Body” post. I credit that to the shot of my large belly that accompanied the post. Hard to ignore that.

5) Promoted my “What Labor and Birth Have in Common” post through Facebook promotions. Received a lot of traffic as a result of this promotion, but readers mostly just read the post and moved on. Not a lot of clicking around on other pages in the site. So I decided to go back to my original promotion, which brought readers to the “About the Book” page. I had a lower number of clicks on the ad, but a good number of people who clicked on the ad continued to look around the site. I figure quality is more important than quantity right now.

6) One of my previous posts, “We Don’t Care for Them Because We Love Them” was featured on Project Women‘s blog! If you haven’t checked out this website, take a look around. Lots of fun posts related to all things women! You can see it here.

 

Up next week:

1) Kindle Direct Publishing demands that I hand over finalized files for the Kindle book by Wednesday, July 22nd in order for the book to be ready for release on August 1st. What happens if I don’t fork it over? I will lose my ability to offer future books for pre-orders for a whole year.

Goodness.

But after all of the hard work from last week, the only thing left is…

2) Finalizing the cover. This is not a huge deal. It’s practically finished already. Suzanne has to do just a few finishing touches in Inkscape before saving it as a JPEG with the specified resolution for the print version and the Kindle version.

3) Add new blog content. I have some ideas, especially one that coincides with the milestone of handing in the files for the final review before publication.

4) Update my Goodreads account–it’s about time that I do this.

5) Take all 8 hours on Friday while Felicity is at daycare to do nothing but play non-productive video games (specifically old-school Final Fantasy VII. I know… What kind of mother am I? Sorry–the guilt trip won’t work on this one.) The real question is whether I’ll start a new game and spend the whole day just trying to get out of Midgar (not an optimal situation) or whether I’ll open one of my previously saved games (from at least four to six years ago) and try to figure out which quest I was supposed to do next. Sadly, I have even considered paying some bored teenager to come over and play this game for 12 hours just so I can get out of Midgar and begin the game on the world map. But really, if I’m going to pay someone to do this, they better build up all my materia to my standards. I should at least have the capacity to use Bolt 2 by the time they hand over the game to me…

 

 

Book Update: Mid-July 2015

So much going on! So let’s take stock of where I am right now:

1) New blog content posted

The most heavily trafficked post from last week was “What Labor and Death Have in Common.” No surprise there–it was definitely a heavy-hitter. Thank you for all your kind words and for all the Facebook shares! It is truly the best thing in the world for me to get a message from someone who says that something I wrote helped them.

If you haven’t gotten the chance to check out the Book Club Discussions, you’ll see them listed on The Blog page. These posts have excerpts from the book, followed by commentary and a question to consider. The two discussions that are posted right now are related to breastfeeding (or not).

2) Library of Congress Control Number–acquired

Want to be as geeky as me and drool over it? Here it is: 2015911015. Doesn’t it have a nice ring to it?

3) New Press FAQ page posted

Tell your press friends.

4) Author Interviews–recorded and edited

It’s a fun experience (and by fun, I mean strange) to interview yourself: going back and forth from chair to camera to check lighting and angles, smiling for an invisible audience, and telling a tripod and camera “cut” when you flub up. But as I review the footage, I think they’re pretty good! You can see for yourself–I’ve posted the full recorded interview on the Press FAQ page.

5) Facebook Promotion

I bit the bullet and decided to buy some advertising space on Facebook in these last few weeks before publication. It’s definitely a scatter-shot approach, but hey, I love that this is helping to reach people that I wouldn’t be able to reach via my own circles. Which leads me to the next news:

6) New followers!

Thanks for joining! You are why I do this.

Coming up for this week

1) Start converting my files to Kindle-ready e-publishing files via Adobe InDesign.

Now that we’re about two weeks away from my scheduled release date, I have given myself over to the Adobe InDesign gods. Lord, have mercy on me, if I watch one more tutorial that says, “It’s so easy! All you have to do is…”–I really might punch myself in the face.

If you aren’t familiar with this software, my reason for using it is to convert a Microsoft Word file into EPUB and MOBI files–which are the files that I need for publishing on Kindle. So it seems that I will have to brave the unknown yet again and feel my way through this one.

2) Final touches on the print version of the book.

Final proofing. Final pain-staking proofing.

3) Publish more blog content

I’ll post at least one traditional blog post and one book-club discussion post. I’m still deciding the content of those posts, so stay tuned this week!

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