The Vengeance Factor Proofs Are Live!

Self-publication & createspaceSelf-Publication Hurdles and Solutions

Dave Cleinman as a Hurdler? Not bad. I also jump through hoops at times winky

Last time we were here together, you and I dear reader, I was fumbling through the formatting process for self-publication on Createspace. I had all the knowledge and tools. It turned out that my impatience was my undoing. Self-publication decisions are difficult and often entail a high degree of risk, especially in terms of how much you will like the final product as the author and creator. Readers will look at your efforts and either identify with them or not. You, as the author, have to live with your choices every day.

I had trouble formatting the cover. The images need to bleed off the edge of the cover so there is no white space. This needs to include an 1/8th of an inch on all sides. It took me several tries and measurements to get it right. Too much bleed can lead to live elements being cut off. Createspace will not allow this to occur. Elements or text which have been cut-off look like a printing error. So, here’s how you do this:

For a trade paperback: make sure your entire image fits with comfort within a 6×9 box. Bring all text well within the 6×9 margin. Add .125 inches (1/8th inch) on all four sides. You can do this by increasing the image size, or by adding surrounding elements. When the printer cuts off the excess cover material, your text and important images will not be part of the trim.

The interior text is easy to format, as long as you use their pre-formatted template and understand the basics of text placement. I prefer to use MS Word for writing and formatting. It works fine, but I also prefer no headers until the second page of text. So I covered any headers I didn’t want with an invisible box. Now the header with my name, the book title and the page number start on page 8. Self-publication decision number 124: What to say in your header.

All issues are now resolved and here is the whole cover image:

The Vengeance Factor Cover

The full cover image, back, spine front.

The interior looks great. I used five different books for ideas on how to format the interior. What to say, where to place it, where to place the title page and where to begin the book. The main trick with self-publication, in my opinion, is to be patient and allow yourself some time to figure things out. There is a slight learning curve, which may grow larger depending on your level of proficiency with computers and computer interfaces.

If you are going the self-publication route, Createspace does make the process very easy, even with the learning and their sometimes cryptic explanations. I enjoyed the process and my proof copies are on their way!

The Vengeance Factor to Createspace

CreateSpace - An Amazon CompanyCreatespace Gets The Vengeance Factor!

Today I began the process of prepping The Vengeance Factor for a Createspace debut. Not true, really…I began the process yesterday, but the learning curve took me well into this morning. It’s not a difficult process, but there is a lot of little detail work which needs to be done right. I’ve been doing a lot of layout and design for years, as well as writing and editing, so I have some advantages in a few areas. Still, it took me about twelve hours to get everything right and just the way I wanted it. Here are some of the harder issues I dealt with.

A single cover for an ebook is easy. It’s just one file sized to the specs of the publisher’s demands. A print dac80copy through Createspace also requires a file. This is an image PDF, where the image looks like the entire external cover as if the book is lying pages down and open at the middle. Back – Spine – Front, from left to right.

I had to calculate the spine width per formula. My size was an exact six-tenths of an inch for 250 pages, or so. Then I had to oversize the back and front images a hair for trim sizing. Putting the three images together and easing the line transitions also took some time. In the end, however, with PS and MS Word, I created the cover file and uploaded it.

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The text was even more challenging, but in a good way. The title and start pages needed to be on odd (right hand) pages. This is both industry standard and much easier to begin to read for the average person. It also just looks better for the initial text to start on the right. Createspace has a downloadable and margined template to make the formatting easy. Download and copy one file right into the other. Easy peasy.

Harder are your own formatting choices. Fonts for title and body. Fonts for chapter titles and beginning lines… decisions, decisions! But these are fun choices to make and unless CS and their print services tell you no, there are wide open opportunities to choose the fonts you want and the word art you like. Curved text, bannered text, styles, etc. Your novel will look as custom as your story, your poetry will look as artistic as it sounds. Your nonfiction will enjoy emphasis and highlighting of all shapes and sizes. In short, print allows you to add many more interesting features to your copy than the limitations of eReaders can.

Uploading a cover PDF, or a properly formatted text PDF is easy, once you’ve made them. Then, all done and waiting for review, I noticed a slight error in my page layout. So I await the chance to upload again. Lesson learned? Be more cautious next time. There’s that learning curve again!

The last article I posted was a link to a full comparison between Createspace and Ingram Spark. I chose Createspace for now because it is a quicker and easier process, and it gives me almost as many opportunities to launch the book and sell it internationally.

The Best Self-publishing Print Service for Indie Authors?

Self-publishing Author Advice from The Alliance of Independent Authorsdac80

I found this article in a random search comparing Createspace and Ingram Spark, If you are considering self-publishing a hard copy of your book, the information here is invaluable. Many aspects of this process require research and actions which will make the best use of your time and funds. This article will help any author be better prepared when making the decision to self-publish a hard copy of their book and finding the best distribution for it. – Dave Cleinman 

Click to learn about self-publishing options.

Excellent detailed analysis of the pros and cons of using Ingram Spark and CreateSpace to self-publish print books by ALLi Watchdog Giacomo Giammatteo

Source: What’s the Best Print service for Indie Authors? | Self-Publishing Author Advice from The Alliance of Independent Authors