Even though self-publishing is largely frowned upon by the publishing industry, nowadays, thanks to the internet, it is a fantastic way for new authors to "get a foot in the door" and get their work out there for people to read.
So, I decided to look into this option. Thanks to a suggestion from a friend at work, I downloaded and tried Calibre, a free and open source e-book library management application. It allows you to manager your e-book library, but also to convert it into readable formats for the numerous e-book readers available in the market. After hours of painstakingly working through the User Manual and trial and error, I managed to convert one my short stories into two of the most common e-book formats: ePub (most common and readable by most readers) and MOBI (used by Amazon's Kindle). Thus the task began to reformat my adult novel (What Friends Are For) into an e-book. Realising that it might not be suitable to many people's reading preferences, I also combined several of my short stories into a collection (Random Musings - A Collection of Short Stories).
Then, out of the blue, my Significant Other asks me on Saturday where to get my books from. I had to admit that I have set up the necessary links for people the buy these two books, but I never made it available on the website. Asking why the sudden request for the links, I was told that it has been promoted on Facebook. Needless to say, frantic panic set in as I had to make sure all the links still worked, that the details of the books were correct on the website before they were made public.
Today marks that very exciting day. The day that Garth Elliott takes the plunge and publishes his first novel and a collection of short stories, albeit self-published in e-book format. Visit the BuyBooks page to buy your copies today!