Calling all ebookers -
You've mastered Kindle - it's take serious coffee, much bad language and possible grey hairs but you've done it. The formatting is right, it looks fine on the e-page. Now you can sit back and feel smug.
Except you can't. You have to tackle Smashwords - which, apparently, is essential as it sells to e-readers other than Kindles. So you make more coffee, maybe something even stronger this time, reformat your precious manuscript and submit to Smashwords - this time biting your nails down to the knuckles as it goes through their 'meatgrinder.' ('Meatgrinder' is their word, not mine. It is a cruel word. You have images of your precious words coming out like mince. A made-up word, like 'e-rinser' would be kinder. I'm sure you can think of others ...)
But you've done it, waited a few days and there you are, listed as 'Premium' in Smashwords.
So you trot into town for coffee with cake this time (you've earned it) and drift by the Kobos in WHSmiths. Oh no, you forgot Kobo ... you must race home, forgetting milk and other essentials, even headache pills. It can't be that difficult, surely, starting again. I mean you've done it twice already ...
The sun is going down and the cake shop is closed. A friend rings. Is your book in iBooks she says? For all those people reading on their iPads. And what about Barnes and Noble ...
Please, fellow ebookers, what do you do? Do you burn midnight oil putting your precious book on all available sites, or do you retire, head under the blankets, and hope that Kindle and Smashwords are enough?