Well, it’s publishing time here at Rachelloon Productions, and I’m navigating CreateSpace as I type. Well, not at exactly the same time, this is apparently what constitutes a break in my mind. I spent the last five days revising my manuscript, and ended up with a document containing 120,120 words. I felt like that number had to be a sign of utter perfection, and so I uploaded it last night.
At first the document was the wrong size, so I changed it. They had a whole video explaining how to do that, but frankly it was pretty easy to figure out. What I did have trouble with and what didn’t come with a video was filling in my Payee Profile, which I’ve spent much of today trying to do. So they tell you to input the name associated with your Tax Identification Number. I don’t have one, and in the Help section it says I don’t need one, being a non-US resident, that I just have to put in my Country and Business Type.
So I do that and the thing tells me I have to put in the name associated with the number I don’t have and allegedly don’t need, or I won’t complete the profile. ‘WTF?’ I say, and read the Help section again, which tells me I can apply for this number, and it’ll take up to eight weeks. ‘Like hell’, I say, and just put my regular name in the box and hope for the best. They’re the ones that said I don’t need this number, after all.
I’m sure you’re all riveted so far. I know I’ve been.
Also, in order not to pay US tax on Amazon Europe sales, I apparently have to fill in this form that physically hurts to look at and send it to them. And there I was thinking I could get this done in a weekend!
I’ve decided to pay for a professional cover, after fiddling around with the Cover Creator and deciding I was too lazy to try and do the cover myself. I have money, I’m sure it’ll be fine. Anyway, in the meantime I can work on the distribution part. I’m going for Expanded, since why not? and now it’s time to set a price for my book, making me think of that one time someone linked me to a book on Amazon about how to build a nuclear fusion device that was going for $100,000 or something, and how funny the fake reviews were. Good Times.
In other news, I’m working on a new picture for my Dubious Artwork category, while I build up to posting my commentary on ‘Throne of Glass’, which was almost as physically painful to read as that tax form, which is why I’ve been putting it off for so long.
So I guess you probably won’t be able to buy my book for Christmas after all. Oh well. Maybe next time?
EDIT: Oh, that’s why I shouldn’t get Expanded Distribution… It makes the book horribly overpriced. And I apparently still have to charge people £8.84 for it… That kind of sucks.