My friend Jackie who - oh now Sadie the German Shepherd wants to go out. Excuse me for a moment - Here I am, sorry about that I think she heard a fox. Not Jackie, she didn't hear a fox, I was talking about Sadie, the German Shepherd. Jackie is my friend who proof read my book. Poor Jackie, what a task it was. I am ashamed to admit that my grammar and punctuation required a lot of help. Not only that but she had to ask Bob her husband what some of the words meant! Don't get me wrong, Jackie ain't stupid. She is very literate. It's just that some of the naughtier words and expressions I use in the book were rather alien to her. Anyway she finally completed the job. And really I think she should be grateful to me for increasing her vocabulary!
So I now have a memory stick with my nicely proofread book on it. The problem I now have is, how to get it from the memory stick and onto this computer. Yes I know what you are thinking, and yes I am incredibly thick when it comes to computers.
That is only one of my problems. Another one is formatting. Smashwords the Ebook site I signed up to, have a download thing about how to format a book. So I downloaded it. God knows where to. I can't find it. Trouble is in my download bit there are hundreds of 'useful' files that I have downloaded at one time or another and they all seem to have numbers instead of words to describe them. I ain't ploughing through that lot!
|Cover design (maybe) for my book, Elbows Off The Table. (copyright)|
The reason I chose Smashwords to publish with, apart from Jackie sending me a link, was because when I clicked on their link it quite clearly stated: You are only minutes away from publishing your book. This dear readers is a blatant lie! I am in fact as things stand at present, no nearer publishing my book than I was when I made the momentous decision to publish earlier this evening.
I need help. I admit it. Or this book ain't going to see the light of day. Such a shame really because it could, listen to me could, will, that's better, become a best seller. There are loads of rude words in it and sex things. Ask Jackie if you don't believe me. She had to lie down with a wet flannel over her head every time she looked at it!
So I am hoping against hope that I don't die tomorrow, because I need time to get this all sorted. -excuse me while I let the dog back in. If anyone would like to offer me some technical support I would be very grateful. Just bear in mind that I don't have any money.
I am staying away from buses for a while. That's for certain. Hopefully!