Createspace 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 copy 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.
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.