For Sale, At Last in Under 12 Hours

posted Sep 27, 2012, 8:32 PM by Holloway McCandless   [ updated Jan 28, 2013, 6:01 PM ]
I don't really want to calculate how long it's taken for Princess Diamond and the Baseball Toad to be an actual for-sale e-book. I signed up to be an iBookstore supplier back in May 2012.

My youngest said it's taken me four years but it's actually been about 11 years since I took the original photographs (as Fuji Velvia slides), which sat in a file cabinet until this past spring (I made one paper-based dummy and submitted it to one publisher ten years ago).

It's been about six months since I got serious about making the e-book using iBooks Author. I was "almost done" in May and then I decided to add read-aloud audio which added a lot of time to my process. Having roadworks right outside my recording "studio" (a book shelf by my office windows) did not help.

The most amazing development was Apple's speedy approval process. I finished uploading the e-book file and the free preview sample at 12:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 26 (i.e. yesterday) and the book was for sale 12 hours later. I was fully expecting tickets to fix things: rejections of my extra-large images, objections to my appropriation of the iPad menu bar in order to explain it in "Toad's Tips for E-Book Hopping," objections to the way I tend to cram a lot of stuff onto one page in the "Extra Innings" bonus pages.

Now I have to figure out how to make it visible to its most likely audience. It's not even listed under "New" in the iBookstore's Children's Fiction category.