My apologies in advance that my first post is self-promoting. That said, I'd like to share how I got to this point. Several years ago a friend encouraged me to write a novel, because she thought I was a good writer. My background was in journalism: writer/reporter, copy editor, headline writer. So yes, I could smash two rocks together and make a paragraph. My first attempt resulted in a hideous thing, barely a life form. My writing skills made me a novelist like being able to hum a tune makes me a composer. What I was good at was research and the ability to translate instructions into action. So I read about the art, often re-reading a book several times. And then I re-wrote the still misshapen thing. And again. And a fourth time. What became the second chapter endured at least a dozen re-writes and countless polishings. Along the way I researched like the devil, this being a science-fiction novel. From equine harnessing to paleomagnetism to m-brane theory, I had to cross all the Ts. As I could not afford an editor, I had to be my own. Even if you've been an editor, as I have, it's tough to switch hats. Even with input from others, it's still hard to pretend you aren't invested in the thing you're about cut into. As I could not afford anyone to format it for Kindle, I wore that hat. Fortunately, I already know html (I run my own website). So, Dreamweaver software to the rescue! Still, what a pain. I had no idea Word converted into html with a like a sledgehammer pounds a nail. That, and KDP is fairly picky about your coding. And so today begins my initial promotion, the KDP 5-day freebie launch. Having some retail chops, I'm now wearing the marketing hat. Wish me luck! -- Bill edit: Seems I need to learn proper coding for my signature.