The Mission’s Not Over Until the Paperwork’s Complete
Years ago, when I was flying tankers in the Air Force, we often got back to the squadron after a mission late at night and spent some time getting our post-mission paperwork in order. Sometimes that meant re-writing the nav log or some other fabrication of official records, and we would often leave a stack of empty beer cans on the table to impress the morning flight planners. Our slogan was “The mission isn’t over until the paperwork is complete.”
In the business of writing, when you type “The End” you are just at the start of the hard work. Getting your novel ready for publication without professional help is a different skill set from writing it. Fortunately, I am multi-talented. To a certain extent. I hired Tatiana to do the e-book cover, as I couldn’t figure out how to do it myself. Nice! I spent a good deal of last weekend preparing it for Smashwords, and am well on my way to their premium catalog listing. The way to do it is follow their style guide, all 117 pages! I will make my three other books available through Smashwords, and I expect that I learned enough on this one to do the rest in half the time, maybe as little as 5 or 6 hours. By the way, Kindle and Nook are very simple in comparison – you just upload a Word document.
My first training in the tanker (KC-135A) was at Castle AFB, CA – a simulator session to learn the before engine start checklist – which took 3 hours (from midnight to 3 AM), about as tedious as going through the Smashwords style guide. But I still remember the start engines checklist – “Battery Switch – ON. Reserve Brake Pressure – Check.” Then it was turning 4 and off we went. Check out the book on Kindle or Nook – I am pretty sure that if you read the first couple of pages, I’ll have you hooked.
Here is a photo of the beast I spent a few of my formative years in:
I may write a novel about flying that beast. There is a long flash-back scene in this novel of mine.