Getting ready for my book launch...

It's felt like a good week.

The sorts of things which make my week a 'good' one is one where I manage to: - get things done in a focused manner - move my body in some way (walking, gym/stretch, etc) - have nourishing people-time - keep the basics in check (food, sleep)

I've been going back-and-forth with my book formatter in the last week or so. I was relieved for him to have been recommended a while back, which means after my little hiccup a couple of weeks back I was able to get things moving.

I got the first version back, and I quickly realised a bunch of things that needed changing, either because something looked strange in the Kindle previewer, or that I'd missed a couple of things (despite all those times I went through the book and ran a visual check, spell-check, grammar-check, all the checks).

Queue going back-and-forth a couple more times and, as I write this, I have what could be the final version in my inbox just waiting to be looked at.

In the meantime, I've been keeping myself busy this week with learning about Amazon keywords and categories, to help give myself the best possible launch, now for the e-book, and in the not-too-distant future (I'm hoping) for the paperback.

This feels like a whole new exciting world, and I'm treating myself like a scientist in a lab running experiments and just seeing what the outcomes are. I decided to invest in a tool called PublisherRocket which makes research easier and, given that I plan to release more books, the one-off $120ish price seemed a no-brainer.

Aside from that, I've been continuing to migrate INF Club –> Diary of an indie writer, from doing things like re-organising my youtube playlists to thinking about what sort of content schedule I'd like to go with, from this blog to my youtube and podcast stuff.

I've also enjoyed a couple of spontaneous coffee shop conversations this week, meeting a fellow entrepreneur, fellow INFP, and fellow German-speaker (well, I'm not fluent, but I can say a few words...). Whilst I tend to be 'head down' whilst I'm working, I've enjoyed being aware of my surroundings and striking up the odd conversation. If there's anything I enjoy it's a nourishing conversation, and it seems that more folks are working from coffee shops this days making them, perhaps, more interesting environments than they once were.

Away from my creative projects, I've enjoyed a couple of trips into London this last week, documenting one of those trips in this week’s vlog, as well as a cinema outing to see the latest Bond film, and Daniel Craig's last outing as the main man.

I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was nice to be back in a cinema, and I'm a sucker for a good love story which is what this Bond story very much was – coupled with some dreamy locations, classic cars and a wonderful track by Louis Armstrong.

video & audio diaries

🎥 Sunday vlog // stumbling across the London Marathon

🎙️ A conversation with Lauren Sapala on our sensitivity & how we manage it



📝 Friday, 8th October, 2021

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