Hello, my lovelies! Do you want to read Little Nani? Do you want to get a copy of the book for free? I created a giveaway on Goodreads to spread the word about my first book. I thought that maybe all of you would also like to enter this giveaway. You have two days left to enter this giveaway. And it is open internationally. Here you have the giveaway. Just click and you are in!
Well, it seems that my last blog post here, complaining about the IRS and their useless way of dealing with aliens made the Universe move and work towards helping me to reach my dream. Last Thursday I got a different phone number, so I decided to give it another go. I dialed the number and, to my surprise, someone answered the call! I couldn't believe it. I was talking to someone! The woman was a bit rude to me, but anyways, I was talking to someone from the IRS! Five minutes later, this woman told me I had got the wrong number, and she gave me a different number.
All my happiness disappeared. I thought that they were going to start again with their game of "let's make Cinta go all over the place, getting nowhere". However, I was feeling good vibes for whatever reason, so I dialed that new number. Second surprise of the day! A woman answered the call! This woman was really nice and she confirmed me that I had got the right number and the right person this time. Hooray!! I felt like crying. So this woman helped me to fill in the required form over the phone, and 15 minutes later I had my own EIN number written down on a piece of paper. I was happy beyond words. I said to the woman I couldn't believe my nightmare dealing with the IRS was going to end. She laughed and said, "Yeah, we can be a real pain." LOL
Anyways, I went to Createspace, wrote the EIN number in the right place and, voilà! My book was available in the store! And then I didn't feel like crying. Then I actually cried. My book was out there for everybody to find it. After months struggling, first with formatting, and then with the IRS, I was thrilled that my book was finally released. It caught me off guard, I guess.
So it is a reality now. My first book is published and for sale. Where can you find my book? You just have to follow the following links:
Little Nani is very happy because now she can spread her magic everywhere. Her biggest wish is to make people smile and laugh. Would you let her enter your lives? She may brighten your day :)
Lots of things have happened since my last update on the whereabouts of Little Nani. The first thing I want to say here is that I am self-publishing my book. And most of you would say, but you had signed with a publisher! Yes, but it happened that it was all a fraud. They just took my money and didn't have any intention of publishing my book. Doing more research about them once I knew this, I discovered that they have been sued lots of times for the same reason, but they dissolve the publishing companies and create new ones under different names.
So beware if someone from SBPRA Publishing tries to contact you, saying that they would be delighted to publish your book because they are sure that your book will be a great success, that they have studied the book markets and your book is the best option, blah, blah, blah... Words, words, empty words. I was naïve and I trusted them. Don't commit the same mistake. If you believe in your book, just go and self-publish it. If it is your destiny to get a publishing contract because someone reads your self-published book and thinks it is wonderful, then it is great. But don't sign with the first one who comes selling you all kind of wonderful dreams. Most of the times, their promises are empty.
But now I am in control. And I love it. I am doing with my book whatever thing that I feel like doing. I formatted it in the best way that I could, I included all the illustrations that I wanted, and I even included extra space so children can draw their own illustrations. I also designed my own book cover!
So everything is ready for publication. Indeed I have already got many copies of my book in my house. I will never forget the first time I held my book in my hands. If you are also a writer, dear Reader, will know what I am talking about.
If everything is ready for publication, why haven't I released it yet? Well, the answer is very easy. Because I am an alien. Yes, an alien. To release my book and make it available for sale, I need an ITIN number, given by the IRS services in the States. Why? Because I am an alien. That's how they call every single person who is not an American citizen. It is taking them forever to give me the number that I need, so they are delaying the release date enormously. I hate that. I was very willing to release my book, and I cannot do it since they don't allow me to do it without the stupid ITIN number.
But this morning I had an idea!
I will turn my book into an e-book! In that way, I can release it before the release date of the paperback version and start promoting it massively so, hopefully, once the paperback version is out, more people would be interested in getting a copy for their kids. So I am going to start the process and, once I find someone to format the e-book to meet the KDP guidelines, it will be released. So stay in tune to know how this idea goes.
But now I want to talk about happier things. For the release of the books, I was thinking of throwing a virtual party, with contests, giveaways, and surprises for everybody. In order to do that, I created some items related to Little Nani. I don't like to call them "merchandising"; I prefer calling them "memorabilia". Isn't it a nice word? Apart from the postcards and mini-cards that I already showed everybody, I have designed....
LITTLE NANI DOLLS!!
And I have also designed (after lots of trials and a bit of desperation because I didn't find the words to explain what I really wanted)....
LITTLE NANI BOOK THONGS!!!
Sorry, the pic is not very good. The colours of the book thongs are purple, green, pink, and then I asked for pearls too. The charms are a magic wand and a little turtle. A little turtle? Yeah, it is Thunder! I really love these little things I got for my readers, and I am quite looking forward to the day I can finally release my books, have a big virtual party with all of you, and see who will be lucky enough as to get prizes (yeah, more things apart from the ones I am showing here :D).
I also got a Little Nani doll for myself...
Isn't she cute? She will have a place of honour in my school :D Well, this was all for now. Stay in tune for more updates and don't forget to spread the world. Little Nani will be very happy.