"So, what was making you swear?" my sweet husband inquired.
I gave him a level look and said, "Do you really want to hear about hard-returns, frame-anchors, or formatting?"
After a considering pause,"No, not really. But did you prevail?"
It seems so simple: convert my document to ePub, upload it, add the beautiful cover, and Bob's your not-so-creepy uncle, a book!
My experience says electronic publishing is as varied and random as evolution. Like the creatures in WTF, Evolution, actually, all weird decorative feathers and hidden poison.
But even with a colorful metaphor, there's no dressing it up: this part of publishing is dead boring and hard. Glued to my MacBook ("Getting tired, boss," it tells me, randomly requiring a hard boot in the morning), I've been rearranging punctuation marks.
Here's the boulder I have been rolling uphill: there's an MS Word document that has to be opened in Pages, from which I can export an ePub file, which can be uploaded and then checked for (she giggles) accuracy.
iBooks is pretty simple, aside from the random extra blank pages it likes to insert, all "Take that, lowly varlet!"
Meanwhile, Kobo ONLY accepts three fonts. All others induce an episode of the vapors.
Oh, Kobo. I have tendonitis because of you. Yet I persist in this wrestling match because KOBO includes Overdrive. Overdrive.
Library users know: Overdrive is how you can read books on your Kindle, etc., FROM THE LIBRARY.
Which means taxes have already paid for them.
So that's me, less than a week from launch, helping stretch your tax dollar.