I have to tell you, us old dogs can still learn a few new tricks!
I spent all day yesterday learning how to publish a booklet on Smashwords, a free ebook publishing platform and distributor. What this means is that the booklet I uploaded yesterday will now be available on all electronic readers--Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, Sony, etc. I publish with them, they distribute to digital print companies.
How did I do this? With a little less hair and a lot of patience! First, I downloaded a 92 page book that explains how to publish on Smashwords. Half the day was spent reading the instructions on formatting my booklet properly, inserting hyperlinks and bookmarks, copyright information, and making a cover. The rest of the day was spent putting to use what I'd just learned.
I'm excited to say that now I know how to insert hyperlinks in my booklet. A hyperlink is a URL in blue that you can click on and go right to the web site. Also, by bookmarking each chapter title, I added a hyperlink to the corresponding chapter in the Table of Contents. That means a reader can go directly to the chapter he/she wants to read. It was all very exciting to learn this new skill!
Plus, I learned a new shortcut. Ctrl A highlights your entire document. I don't know how many times I have scrolled through an entire document to highlight it so I could paste it into another document. Now I just click Ctrl A, then Copy, and it's done. Old dog, new trick.
The booklet I have now published on Smashwords is Winging it While Slinging it: 70 Practical Tips to Help You Keep Your Independence While Your Dominant Arm is in a Sling. As a pamphlet, it wasn't going anywhere; now, it can go all around the world and can be purchased for 99 cents. It should be available soon on Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.
I shocked Fred last night when he came home and saw me back in the sling I'd used when I broke my arm two years ago. He relaxed when I said I just wanted him to take a picture of my sling for the book cover.
Now that I know I can do it, I'm ready to attempt putting Bumps Along the Way in Smashwords so people can access it. What a fantastic world we live in!
Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is
not to stop questioning. (or learning new things!)