Now listen, Cadet. I've got a job for you...
Push the button! The beautiful shiny button! The jolly candy-like button!
History wasn't erased, but I did publish my first sci-fi story to Amazon's KDP system. It's available now as a paperback and eBook:
I'm a big fan of the phrase 'Perfect is the enemy of done.' I know it's meant to be 'good' but that implies that the finished product is somehow lacking - most of the time this is not the case. Artists can torture themselves fixing every obscure, tiny detail that hardly anyone will ever notice before ever sharing their work. Sometimes you gotta just rip the bandaid off. The manuscript HAS been proofread and edited, but I'm sure there are still plenty of dumb mistakes to make all the haters feel good about themselves :)
It's 112,000-ish words, 257 pages, has terrible cover art I whipped up by photoshopping some roller skates over xmas lights and a post-apocalyptic cityscape. I even plugged the text into one of those reading grade level calculators for fun. ( 6th grade. 8th is average in the states - I honestly had no idea where I'd fall with about 50% Ellen cursing like a sailor and 50% spouting sudo-science tech jargon. )
Kindle Direct Publishing is pretty great - very user friendly and there are tons of tutorials and walkthroughs online. They even provide a plugin for Microsoft Word that does a good job at getting you started formatting the content before you upload it. Same for Adobe Illustrator regarding cover art. I don't really consider myself a real 'writer' - that whole 10k hours thing about being an expert means I'm good at SolidWorks 3D modeling, making things, design, and Geometry Wars.