Self publishing a book is like training for a marathon. The brain goes into overload as the steps ahead are accessed and implemented.
The book is written, and editing completed. The dramatic, colourful cover is awaiting the publishing stage. Now it’s up to me to begin the marathon task of submitting them using the format required.
I publish using Draft2Digital, it’s well set up, inexpensive and produces a good looking ebook and paper book. All I need to do is submit the manuscript and cover in the required format, tick a few boxes, check the sample is perfect, then press PUBLISH.
The marathon for me is completing these tasks correctly. Maths is not my strongest suit and this is where my brain goes into overdrive.
How do I figure out and change the book size to fit the cover when these decisions were made months ago?My aged brain has no recollection of how I originally performed these tasks.
Not that I am worrying, as I’ve done it before having self published the first two books of this series. My graphic artist pulled her hair out readjusting the cover sizes on both publications until the manuscript and cover fitted seamlessly inside their appropriate boxes.
I imagine we will resume the same process in the coming days. Ingrid is in Australia and I am in New Zealand – communication won’t be us both sitting side by side at her desk as happened previously. As in the previous times we may resort to asking for assistance from Ingrid’s mathematically minded other half.
Today I begin.