Brief writing update, I'm writing Nightmare Ever After and hope to finish it this weekend. *crosses fingers* I'm going to have to work at NaNoWriMo speed (about three chapters a day or around 3,000 words) to get it done, but it'll be great having that first draft finished and off to the CPs. So far I've written through chapter 13 and have almost 13,000 words.
|Gravity: The Complete Trilogy is Cinderella-approved, but it might be because her name is in it.|
Now I'm going to talk about creating a print book. Ebook formatting is challenging in its own ways. I use the Smashwords Style Guide and with a few minor tweaks, I'm able to post readable ebooks on Kindle, Smashwords, Nook, and Kobo, but creating a book for print was a tad bit more difficult.
I went with CreateSpace. I've heard from various authors that it's very user friendly and pretty easy with its step-by-step instructions. I agree with this.
The first thing I did was decide on the size of the book. I went with the 6x9. It makes it a fairly good sized trade paperback. CreateSpace offers free templates for their sizes, so I downloaded the template.
Then, I was ready to start formatting the interior design with Microsoft Word. You can use other programs, but I'm pleased with how my interior looks. It's simple, clean, effective.
The template gives options on how to format, so I followed their title page, made a few adjustments to the copy right page, added a reviews page, kept the dedication, got rid of the Contents page and added an Other Books By page and an Author's Note. I like to put the Acknowledgements in the back, so I removed that page as well. Most of this stuff was copy and paste and then spacing it the way I wanted it. Then I added chapter by chapter to the document. The template goes through 10 chapters, so then I had to create my own. After you learn about paragraphs and the like when formatting for ebooks on Word, then it's pretty self-explanatory. At the end of the last story, I added a "If You've Enjoyed This Book" page, an Acknowledgements page, and then my About the Author page. I would suggest keeping several print books around to see what they looked like.
The template design for the body of the work was Garamond 11. It's a nice font, but the size is a smidgen on the small side. After I got my proof, I decided to up the body size to Garamond 12 to make it a bit easier to read.
The nice thing about CreateSpace is they have a digital proof, but if it's your first time (like it was mine), ordering a print proof is a good idea. I used my print book to mark up anything I wanted to change. This included a final final proofread. I found a handful of typos, changed some punctuation that could've gone either way, and found two or three formatting errors. Interestingly enough, the story that had the most errors was Defying Gravity, the story I have edited more than the other two combined. Oops.
As for the cover art, they have a cover art digital designer you can use. It was really helpful getting the spine right. You upload your cover art, and they tell you if it is right. I noticed the spine was off, and Aubrie was able to fix it.
To purchase the print book: Amazon Amazon Europe UK / DE / FR / ES / IT CreateSpace
By the way, I'm currently doing a Goodreads giveaway for two copies of Gravity: The Complete Trilogy. It runs through October 31st. Right now it's just for the US, but I plan to do an international giveaway around Christmas.