Technology and Self-publishing on CreateSpaceThursday, April 12, 2012
My recent encounters with technology made me think of the "Jetsons", an animated science fiction sitcom. When I was a kid, I really thought that at my 40's, my world will that be of the Jetsons'. I'm almost at my golden years, and even though we're not quite at the Space Age or what I call the "Jetsons era", technology had already changed the way we interact with people and how we live our lives.
Who would have thought that you would be communicating with someone using your smart phones, or have information available 24/7? Who knows, someday there will be a portable scanning machine that will let you know instantaneously what ailments bother your tinker toys.
I just got my iPhone. I resisted getting a smartphone for years, but when my "not-so-smart" phone stopped working, my husband insisted that I get an iPhone -- and I can say that it's the best investment so far! (Although initially, I was so hooked on it that I wasted a lot of time playing with Pinterest, lol!)
iPhone allows me to take pictures, check email, connect with my families in the Philippines through Yahoo Instant Messenger, check the weather, get NYC train routes and view my calendar -- all in this little tiny device.
In the past few months, I also realized that there are plenty of things you can accomplish. The resources are readily available. At first, I was scared at the fact that I didn't know what was available to me and what I can accomplish on my own. But I was determined and with the help of the internet and a lot of research, I found out that all I needed to do was try.
As Michael Jordan said,
Needless to say, the first thing I did was re-format my manuscript for the Kindle eBook publication. Lesson learned: Never manually format your manuscript. If you're using WORD, format your manuscript using the software's formatting tools for paragraphs, page breaks, table of contents and page layout. (NOTE: For eBook publication, Kindle accepts page break and section break. However, Nook only accepts section break)
I researched different ways on publishing the book in paperback, and Amazon.com's createspace caught my attention. Their "human" customer service is so accessible. (You hit "Call me" and sure enough you're phone rings!)
(Here's the link. https://www.createspace.com/Products/Book/ )