Following up with my last post. Yes - emailing five review requests per day have proven to be too much work, as I have yet to meet that goal for any day this past week. A large problem with this is getting sucked into a blog. Many are funny, have good advice, or are just plain addicting (http://www.thebloggess.com/). Some of the best advice I've seen in a blog is to stop reading the blog and start writing. And yet - I read on...and so are you. Not to mention the usual distractions of kids, a full time job, dinner and east coast earthquakes.
No matter - even five reviews a week is something. I also continue to edit my full length novel, Water, and have set a goal of getting the ebook published by mid-September. This would allow me to hopefully have a few reviews generating buzz in time for the biggest e-book buying season - November/December. I am all still working with a graphic artist to get the cover done. It is going slower than I would have hoped; I should probably say something to her at some point. Although, if she follows this blog, mission accomplished.
Another unanticipated kink in the self-publishing process is technology. RSS feeds, hash tags, links, different formats (.epub, .mobi, .prc), pixels, ebook converters; the sheer amount of technological know-how I now have to know is blowing my mind. Since I tend to retain very little, I will probably have to re-learn it when I publish Water. As both books are the first of a series to come, I have resolved to start documenting step-by-step processes and will hopefully one day have them posted here.
Yes, one day, this blog will be great...