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There’s no substitute for just doing it. Publishing with IngramSpark and Amazon.

There’s no substitute for just doing it. Publishing with IngramSpark and Amazon.

You can read about it, listen to others who did it, but nothing is the same as experience.

I listen to a lot of podcasts. I read loads of books. I talk to colleagues, titans of industry, and gather information pretty much all the time.

But when you do something, it crushes everything else.

Here’s a small example, but it’s annoying, so it gets my attention.

I’ll just lay it out for you in bullet points to get it over with.

  1. I’m doing a reading at a bookstore in May. Fun!
  2. They asked if I could bring some books and/or make them available to the bookstore. Hmm. Challenge: my books have mostly been exclusive to Amazon. That’s OK. Time to Go Wide.
  3. I signed up with, filled out the endless documentation, and uploaded, re-formatted, and painstakingly got my book into IngramSpark. Whew.
  4. As far as I understood it, I could choose where they would distribute. (HINT: I understood wrong.)
  5. They accepted, I altered, we hit publish. It was live!
  6. Turns out, you can’t pick and choose where it goes. That means it’s also on Amazon. Problem: I’m already on Amazon for the ebook, paperback, and audiobook.
  7. Now there are two versions of the paperback on Amazon. Ugh.
  8. IngramSpark said I should contact Amazon and have them take it down.
  9. Amazon said I should contact IngramSpark and have Amazon remove it.
  10. Both sides said they can’t do that.
  11. Now I have two versions of my paperback on Amazon.
  12. It’s also on Kobo where I’d prefer to deliver it myself as then I have more options (I’ll try to still do that).
  13. I’m a little stuck.

OK, 13 bullet points too many. But #5 was the key: I did it. I wouldn’t have learned (the hard way) about 6 through 13 had I not done it. Is it the end of the world? Of course not. Is it irreversible? No, not really, but there are repercussions.

What am I going to do?

I don’t know yet.

But that’s experience. You do, you learn, you regroup, you figure it out.

Had I never taken action, I’d be at step zero: nowhere.

This is how you learn, grow, and move on.


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