Today promises to be a fantastic day where I can immerse myself in my work. I purposely set Saturday up this way because I have my virtual book release party on Monday, April 1 Live Streamed via Facebook—you are all invited—and I am processing all of the beta reading comments for the story being released that day: “Zona 5”. The comments have been amazing. The funny thing is that some beta readers are really apologetic, “Like you probably won’t want to be my friend after you read my comments.”
First of all, I welcome these comments because I have never had such great beta readers. I have been dreaming about having good outside readers look at my work. Now, that I have them, I am sure as hell not going to complain if my readers are honest, and harsh. In fact, tough comments are the best because the comments force me to take a hard look at my work.
Today, I also plan on reading their work, and no payback is not a bitch. I look forward to reading what they are producing and giving their work candid feedback.
Another goal I have is to demystify the Smashwords Meat Grinder. That is what they call the processor that takes Microsoft word documents and creates *.mobi or Kindle files. Now, when I published “La Lechuza”, I didn’t know how to process the file properly. However, after watching YouTube videos, I realized that the document needs to be free from formatting or else it doesn’t process correctly. The *.epub book looks great, but I want my books to look good in the Kindle too, even though the work I am posting there for now is free.
Finally, I am creating my email list database. Thanks to all of you, my subscribers are growing, but I need to manage them properly, until I get a good service to work with. I have not been impressed by Email Chimp or haven’t found the right template, and I am still using Canva to create my newsletters, which is fine for now.
Well, that is all I have time for because I have to get to it, and I have to take advantage of this golden hour when the kids are sleeping.
Set your goals and thank your beta readers, even when they crack your nuts. #barrioblues
Dr. Jesú Estrada,