I’ve just figured out how to send a document to myself on Kindle. Cool! My Kindle recently updated as I’m quite sure I couldn’t do this before (or if I could, I didn’t notice.) So I’ve spent all morning copying the chapters of Transference into one file, then formatting it slightly….but only slightly. Single spacing, two lines before and after chapter headings (in a document like this, you can’t get a chapter to start on a new page – that sort of thing I presume will be done when you e-publish.) Added my (current) book cover just to see what it would look like in black and white. (And yes, I know that should come at the end of a proper e-book, but I’m not there yet…)
Then I counted all the sex scenes and discovered there were twenty. Twenty one if you count the girl-on-girl kissing scene. Twenty sex scenes! Shit, this was not intentional!!!! I wasn’t setting out to write anything vaguely pornographic. It isn’t, actually, and it isn’t even erotic. It’s just what people do and it’s vital to the plot. Sounds like I’m making excuses.
Actually, I’m delighted!
And then, finally, I sent the whole document to myself….
….it’s gorgeous! It looks just utterly beautiful! Like a real novel….!!!!
Even unformatted, it’s quite readable and looks and feels just like everything else on my Kindle, only the words were written by me. Interesting how DIFFERENT they look. I’ve only ever read my novel on a computer screen: not the most natural of reading circumstances. Anyway, it’s great for editing purposes. Will be rereading it armed with pen and paper to make notes.
The only thing that didn’t work as a “proper” novel is that the first line of every new chapter has been indented, which is most certainly incorrect. I hope that when I eventually publish to Kindle, this is magically corrected. But then, that’s a whole other route to sending yourself an ordinary Word document!!!
Gee, I feel quite thrilled. Imagine how I’ll feel when I’m eventually e-pubbed! No more doubts about that one…!