How do I start? I haven’t had this many ups and downs in just one week for a while.

The best news is, my book has just been uploaded to CreateSpace, and I’m waiting for it to be approved so that I can order the proof copy! (yay!) You have no idea how relieved (and terrified) I am that I’ve reached this point. Allow me to fill you in.

I’ve spent the entire week on theΒ final pro edit, and on the formatting. Formatting your file to be released as a paperback in OpenOffice is the devil, and has cost me all of my nerves. If you’ve never done it – don’t. You’d think inserting page numbers on most pages, not all pages, would be an easy thing to do in a freaking writing program, but it causes all of the problems and has slaughtered my patience.


I got so close to buying MS Word several times this week, and I don’t think I’ve done it the right way, but it worked and it’s done, so quite frankly I don’t care if I did it correctly or not.

And guess what? The PDF (which I’ve checked around five times to make sure it’s still correct and hasn’t changed itself for no reason while I made tea) has been uploaded, but for no reason whatsoever the .doc has changed the page numbers again!


But I don’t care and I will move on, because I don’t need the .doc any more. Not right now, anyway. Maker be willing my patience regenerates in the meantime.

Move on with me? Hold me? Bounce with me? My book is with CreateSpace now! OpenOffice will not ruin this moment for me!

Next week, I’ll format my file for eBook format – which I know a lot of you have hated and loathed and cursed, but to me it sounds like a walk in the park right now. I’ll basically remove everything that’s caused all of the issues with my paperback file – now if that doesn’t sound wonderful, I don’t know what does!

I’ll probably take a morning off next week, but other than that I’m looking forward to a week of research and – dare I say it? – writing!


No writing got done this week, so if no one mentions NaNo…

Hm? Mention what? No, I didn’t say anything.

Since the release date is approaching rather quickly now, I’ll be in touch with everyone who’s hosting me on their blog for it next week πŸ™‚

There are also some exciting changes coming to CookieBreak! Next week Tuesday, Faye Kirwin from Writerology joins us for the first ever guest post. Besides that, I’ll also be doing monthly interviews so watch out for news on that! πŸ˜‰ If you’re a writer and would like to be interviewed and talk about your journey and experience, get in touch!

Do any of you remember me asking about Instagram a while ago, and deciding that I wouldn’t sign up? Well…


I’m on Instagram now! πŸ˜€ If you want behind the scenes pictures, images of my cat, and general bookish things, you can follow me here πŸ™‚

That’s it for this week. No excerpt, sorry. How about two excerpts next week? Would that make up for it?


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