1. Diana Cox (of NovelProofReading.com) read my book and absolutely loved it. So much so that I asked if I could quote her on my website (check out my home page). She pointed out a few minor errors and they've been fixed. It was the best $141.00 (half price special) I've ever spent. Now I'm even more confident in this book, knowing a professional proof reader thought so highly of it.
2. Malcolm McClinton of Hangedman Studio finished the cover art and it is spectacular (check out my home page). I hope to work with Malcolm in the future; he's a great talent.
3. The interior and cover designs for the book are finished. I'm just waiting for the file from my designer, Iryna Spica of Spica Book Design. Once the file arrives, I'll be able to upload it on Createspace so readers can order the paperback. I am also thinking about making a hardcover version available.
4. We're currently working out the kinks in the e-book conversions for Kindle and Smashwords. When you convert a design to the electronic formats strange things can happen. I want the e-book versions to look as good as they can and be easy to read. That's the point, after all. Hopefully a few more days will get the job done.
So there you have it. Eon's Door is on the way. Within two weeks (taking into account the proof and vetting processes) I should have it up on Createspace, Kindle, and Smashwords. Then it's up to you. Will you read it? I hope so. I'm confident I've got something special with this book.
I invite your comments and questions, whether you're interested in reading my book or just someone who has stumbled across this blog in your research of self publishing. I've learned a lot in this process and am happy to share it. And, if you're a grade 7, 8, or 9 Language Arts/English teacher waiting to get a look at my free Eon's Door Novel Study Unit, keep an eye on my website. I'll have the unit posted there soon.
Update: Just found out that to have my book registered with Library and Archives Canada for inclusion in publication catalogs in Canada, I need to register with Cataloging in Publication (CIP). This means I must wait until I have my ISBN, then apply to CIP prior to publication. Unfortunately, this will add a few more days to the process. On the bright side, with my own ISBN I will be able to list my book with Nielsen Book Data and Bowker Books In Print, giving me a much wider field of distribution. I'm learning a lot about this business.