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My Premature E-Publication

By Dave Fox
Singapore

I had a premature e-publication this past weekend. It was a little embarrassing.

It was the first time I have ever e-publicated all by myself, and to make matters worse, although nobody other than me was actively involved in my attempt to e-publicate, my premature e-publication happened in a public place with lots of people watching.

I was hanging out at a little Italian coffee shop near Singapore’s Botanical Gardens. My wife was sitting next to me. But Kattina was not doing anything to help me e-publicate. She was writing thank you notes for our wedding presents. I had already finished my quota of thank you notes for the day, so I said to myself, “Well, I suppose while I sip the rest of my caffe macchiato, I might as well get back to that e-publication project I’ve been trying to finish up for months now.” As you can imagine, delaying e-publication for more than seven months can be quite frustrating.

My original humor website, davethefox.com, had its 10-year anniversary on April Fool’s Day this year, and I had hoped to release a Kindle e-book on that day with some of my favorite humor columns from the past decade. But things got in the way that prevented me from e-publicating by that date. I had to go guide tours in Europe. I had to get married. I had to move to Singapore. And other stuff. So I did not meet my self-imposed April 1 deadline. Then, a month ago, I thought, “It’s time to get back to work on that self-e-publication project.”

So I’ve been working hard for the last month – re-writing, editing, formatting, learning everything I can about e-publication. To my surprise, I have learned that shorter, cheaper e-publications are more popular, so I decided that instead of one big e-publication, I should plan for several little ones. It turns out that the more frequently you e-publicate, the more people get interested in your e-publications.

So I whipped out my laptop, right there on the terrace of the coffee shop, and started looking at all of the work I had done so far. And I was thinking, “Hmmm… I am feeling pretty good about this. I think I will be ready to e-publicate very soon.”

At that moment, Kattina looked at me and said, “So, what do you want to do about dinner?”

“I’m not sure,” I said. “Could you just give me a moment? I think I will be ready to e-publicate in about 10 minutes, and then we can go celebrate.”

“That is very good,” Kattina said. “You have been working on this project for a long time.”

So I kept at it. I was rushing because I knew Kattina was getting hungry. I sensed she wanted me to hurry up and finish e-publicating so we could go eat. I was on the Amazon Kindle website, uploading my content, and setting the price, and writing a description for my e-publication. Then I thought, “Maybe I should finish e-publicating at home later this evening, because I don’t want my first e-publication to be a rush job.”

So I was about to click the “Save for Later” button on Amazon’s e-publication page, and as I went for it, Kattina said, “Or if you want, I could just go to the grocery store.”

As you can imagine, I was pretty tense at this moment, so when she said that, I jumped, and accidentally clicked the wrong button. I accidentally clicked the button that makes you e-publicate right away. And here’s something important you should know if you are thinking about e-publicating on Kindle yourself: Once you start the e-publication process, Amazon will not let you stop. You have to go through with the e-publication whether you want to or not, and the process can take anywhere from 12 to 72 hours! After that, your e-publication is on Amazon.com for the entire world to see.

Now, once the e-publication process has gone through its complete cycle, you have a couple of options. If you are really embarrassed about your e-publication, you can take it off the site – hopefully quickly enough that no one will find out about it. Or, you can do what I did, which is to revise and perfect what you have done so far, and then e-publicate again. So that is what I have been working on for the last 24 hours. I e-publicated again this morning, and this time, I’m feeling good about things.

So although my premature e-publication that happened this weekend was a little embarrassing, which is why I did not tell anyone about it, I am proud to announce my new “Kindle Single” e-publication is ready. It contains ten of my favorite humor columns from the last decade, plus a brand new, hard-hitting exposé on why the number ten is not nearly as freaking important as most people think, and for a limited time, you can download it via the link below for a measley $2.99. (You will also find links to my earlier e-publications, which other people helped me with.)

I hope you enjoy my e-publication. If enough people buy it, I plan to have many more soon.

Published on Tuesday, November 29, 2011

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