Category Archives: Paperback indie publishing
Just Clicked Paperback “Publish”!
Three Strides Out soon to be available in paperback!
The Amazon sages have to deliver final judgment, but the proof looked fine, so I’m assuming I’ll pass muster.
I’ll post some pyrotechnics once the paperback is live.
In the meantime, if anyone reading this is thinking of paying a “packager” even a few hundred dollars to “publish” a book, whether an ebook or a paperback: THINK HARD before committing your cash. Yes, it takes a bit of time and some hassle to format your own books. But you don’t have to pay for this!
Of course, if you can write three new books in your best-selling series in the time you spend making formatting decisions and wrestling with templates, then the arithmetic comes out different. But like everything else, as you repeat a process it becomes easier and goes faster. In any case, don’t hire a packager because you think you can’t do it without one. You can.
Paperback PDF and Cover for Three Strides Out Uploaded!
It took longer than it should—no surprise there. I kept getting an error message in my ISBN block. I asked for an Amazon callback and got an immediate response. Turns out that the “imprint” I was supposed to enter meant my name as publisher, although what it said was to enter where you bought your ISBN, which was Bowker. Danielle, my Amazon helper, was incredibly patient, waited with me until both the pdf and the cover were successfully uploaded.
This will teach me to wait so long between books. If it hadn’t been so long since I uploaded my paperback files for King of the Roses, I might remember more of the process.
I reviewed page-by-page in the Previewer, but have ordered a proof copy. When I get a look at it, I will announce
an OFFICIAL LAUNCH DAY!