For some reason, in my MSS, Whinnie the pooh has the appropriate spacing but when my book arrived, Whinniethe was sans spacing! (I would like to point out at this time, my novel is not intended for the under fives – it is just a reference :-))
There were other issues and I must say that this months education in publishing has been has been more than a learning curve as it has driven me around the bend! Even the girl who worked on the interior had troubles she had never experienced before.
What did I learn?
- Read as much as you can on the site forums – other self-publishers will give you the benefit of their experience and could save you a lot of time.
- Don’t be tempted in all the excitement of getting your book out there to publish without seeing a proof copy. I had forgotten to include my author bio.
- Write down anything helpful you have learned so you don’t have to start again next time.
- Find someone to help with the stuff you cannot do, especially your cover!
I am currently awaiting my final proof and with luck I can then convert it for Amazon Kindle…yipee!
One thing I had a problem with was the pricing of the book. Createspace kindly give you an idea of what you need to charge for all countries and how much you will receive. Mine came out to be around £9 or $14 which seemed rather steep for a first novel but someone in the forum pointed out that when someone orders your book, they are made to order; most novels on the shelves of bookshops are mass produced and therefore are cheaper to produce. Even famous authors have first run editions which cost more.
My last piece of advice is to let someone else – preferably someone who is good with grammar and editing skills – to read your proof for you. By this point in the proceedings your brain and eyeballs may be processing what you think is there.
Forgot to mention, my writing income for this month was £40. It can only go up 😉