For those who prefer a nice physical, bound book to hold in their hands … I’m sorry but I’m still working on that for Ready or Not.
Theoretically this should be ridiculously easy and all, but Createspace is what I go through for the print because it’s the highest quality Print On Demand publishing service after Lightning Source, which I’d prefer to use but lack the Photoshop skills necessary to get the cover and page layout right in a single go and thus would get obscenely expensive. Problem is, though, that Createspace apparently hates me. It’ll lay the pages out pretty neatly while I’m experimenting along the way still writing the book and such; then I upload the final document file which, in theory, ought to be perfect since I’ve been testing along the way … … … random badness happens. In this case it keeps setting the pages several inches too high up and to the right.
So far I’ve found all the things not causing that. I pray it’ll only be another few days to a week before it’s up, but it could be as many as two or three more weeks.
I’d go with a publisher and save myself these headaches, but I’d be simply trading them in for different headaches. At least this way I keep full control and don’t have to worry about some artist getting strange ideas about what my covers should look like (for those who think an author has control of her cover art through most publishers, all I can say is, “that is adorably naïve, honey.”), higher royalties, an editor I know well and trust not to decide to rewrite the book for me (yes, it happens), and control over release date (sort of).
- Day 93: Inside and Out (strangewriter.wordpress.com)
- Createspace and ebook uploading (newleafnetwork.org)
- Print books are still going strong and Createspace awaits YOUR book file! (ebookuploader.com)
- How to 3D print your home (anglianhome.co.uk)
- Createspace is go (newleafnetwork.org)