I Wash My Hands of Trying to Publish Directly to B&N (Sorry Guys But the Formatting Still Sucks)

If you sense frustration in this post, you’re right.  I am very frustrated.  I spent ten hours on Monday going through and formatting the Word document over and over with a friend who has been publishing through PubIt without any problems.  I finally hit publish and figured maybe *fingers crossed* it was the previewer because we saw no page break in the document (and both of us combed through the whole thing). 

So I saw To Have and To Hold was up on B&N today and bought it so I could see it on my Nook.  The page break I saw in the preview was gone, but there was another page break in another place.  Ugg!  I can’t take this.  I don’t know why, but I can’t get the book to look right on the Nook. 

I think this is a sign.  I’m not meant to go through PubIt.  I need to stick with Smashwords and let it publish books on Barnes and Noble for me.  I’m not willing to bang my head against the desk and lose another day’s worth of a work trying to get it right.  I’m trying to unpublish the book right now from Barnes and Noble and see it can take up to five business days when I looked through their FAQ.

I don’t know if B&N will actually remove it, and I think it’s 100% guarantee any tries at sending a better version up won’t work.  I have never had this problem with the Kindle (I have a Kindle, too).  I don’t know what it is.  I’ve had some snags with Smashwords, but I was able to work through them.  For some reason, B&N is different, and every other author who uses it loves PubIt, but it doesn’t work for me.

I know this sucks.  I know people who own the Nook want to read To Have and To Hold right now, but I can’t allow a poorly formatted book to run loose out there, and to be honest, I don’t want to fight PubIt every time I have a book to publish.  I want to spend my time writing.  Thanks to this, I’ve lost a couple days writing.  I lost Monday and then I lose today because there’s no way I can write when I have a headache.

So I’m going to use Smashwords from now on to publish on B&N.  I know this means a longer wait time, but I think a book that is better formatted is worth it.  If, for some reason, PubIt won’t let me unpublished To Have and To Hold, then I am stuck with it.  But no more books will go up on PubIt. 

I’m also sorry if this post doesn’t sound coherent.  I have a headache and I still need to get the March Giveaway page ready for Bargain Books for Your Nook and email the authors participating in the giveaway that they need to check their links to make sure they work.

About Ruth Ann Nordin

Ruth Ann Nordin mainly writes historical western romances and Regencies. From time to time, she branches out to contemporaries romances and other genres (such as science fiction thrillers). For more information, please go to www.ruthannnordin.com or check out https://ruthannnordinauthorblog.wordpress.com.
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9 Responses to I Wash My Hands of Trying to Publish Directly to B&N (Sorry Guys But the Formatting Still Sucks)

  1. dorothypaula says:

    Dear Ruth, don’t worry anymore about it. Take a headache pill, OR have a glass of wine, go to bed and rest. Put everything on hold for tomorrow. The world can wait. Your health is more important and your sincere fans won’t mind waiting. You have plenty of new books out to read. I purchased To Have and To Hold from Amazon on Feb. 19th and am looking forward to revisiting Mary’s memories from the Eye of the Beholder, along with the new memories she will form in her new adventure. Lotsa hugs and sweet dreams. Dorothy Paula 🙂

    • Thanks. 🙂 I took it off B&N today, and it looks like no one bought it so that’s good. I checked the Smashwords Epub version and that looked clean of any errors, so I feel better about Smashwords uploading to B&N for me. I wasn’t going to announce To Have and To Hold was up until it was on B&N (through Smashwords), but since I recently polished up Eye of the Beholder from a couple of typos I found and decided to add the first chapter of To Have and To Hold to the end of it, I felt I needed to publish it right away on Amazon in case people wondered where the book was. At this point, I’m questioning whether writing the book was a good idea, but it’s done now so all I can do is move on. 😀

  2. ChristinaLi says:

    You poor thing! To be honest, I like the kindle better anyway, at least their version for the PC. 🙂 I pray your headache is better soon!
    –Christina

    • Thanks, Christina. The headache went away soon afterwards. 😀 I use my Kindle to read most of my books (even though I prefer to buy them on Smashwords) because Kindle has the text-to-speech feature so I can listen to books.

  3. 😦 I’m sorry to hear that it didn’t work for you. 😥

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