Self-publishing is HARD!!!
I wrote the book and designed the cover. I've formatted, and re-formatted, and re-formatted until I've figured out how to configure everything for both Kindle and Create Space. I've edited and copy edited over and over and over again. Traditionally published folks get to have other people do this for them -- I could, too, if I wanted to pay horrendous fees.
I always thought of writing as a hobby, but it's like having a second job! I've spent hours and hours, re-reading Half-Vampire some 13 times since last June. I have STACKS of essays and tests and projects that lie ungraded right now because I'm so behind -- because I've had to spend so much time on the book! (The librarian really wants paperbacks available by next week so that he can buy a bunch to use as a book of the month for January.)
At times over the last few months, I've been so sick of this book that I've wanted to throw it someplace and not look at it again for a year.
I just submitted another ePub file to Kindle and another PDF to Create Space. I hope to heaven that THIS time I've finally fixed everything and that I can really start promoting the book -- especially since the librarian wants t-shirts and bookmarks, etc.
And maybe then I can start working on my other manuscripts that have been so neglected.
Oh yeah. And grade some papers.