Good Morning, Everyone!
Today is a great day. Yesterday I received the proof copy for my book, Beggars in the Streets of Time. I was very pleased with the way everything worked out. And it got me thinking, when I started out on the path of self-publishing, I really had no idea what to expect. So I thought it would be fun to share my experience for those that may find themselves taking this road. I am no expert in this field, but perhaps what I learned can make it a bit easier for the next author.
After the writing is done, after the editing is done, after the final proof read of the manuscript is done, that’s when the work begins. First things first, I created my vendor accounts with NookPress, Kindle Direct Publishing, and Create Space. I thought: “Cool, now I just plug my MS into this thing and done! Right?” Not quite. I found that I needed specific formats for the e-book and the print versions. No big deal, this should be a piece of cake!
Not quite, hehe. Let’s start with the e-book. How the hell do I format an e-book? Google time. With luck I found a formatting program called Sigil. If you’re formatting an e-book I highly recommend this awesome program, and the best part is- it’s free to download and use! All you have to do is save or convert your MS into an HTML document and open it with Sigil. It automatically converts to an .epub file. The readme explained every step to creating a proper file type, no muss, no fuss. The .epub file that your book saves as in Sigil uploads easily into both Kindle Direct and NookPress! Follow the easy steps they provide and congratulations, it’s an e-book!
For print, the easiest thing is to check the information on Create Space in regards to trim size for your book. Trim size is the actual size of your book: 5×8, 6×9, etc. Listed with the trim size are the margin and page sizes required for the document. Open the word program you use, whatever you wrote your MS in, and click your File menu tab. Go into the page setup and adjust page size and margins to the specific requirements of the trim. Convert the file into a PDF. Then upload the PDF file of your MS into Create Space and follow the steps.
I spent just over a week on both the e-book and the print formats. It was tough at first, but now I’m confident in the ability to do it again. This is just my experience. Do you have any questions about the process? If so I’d be happy to answer them to the best of my knowledge. Drop me an email at: JDStirling451 at gmail dot com.
Do you have an adventure in self-publishing? Have you shared a similar experience with tricky formatting? I would love to hear from you guys. As always, comments are welcome and appreciated!
Have a great Tuesday, and thanks for stopping by!
Beggars in the Streets of Time will be available on September 9th for Kindle and in Print from Amazon, and on NOOK from Barnes & Noble.
P.S. Here’s a very happy me with my proof copies! 🙂