a reply to: SLAYER69
I published my book recently and it was released via Amazon and CreateSpace. Amazon is my main sales point, CreateSpace (who print my paperback
version) is just there in case anyone really wants to buy it from them.
There are a lot of things to consider before you publish, but the key ones probably are:
-- if you quote anyone else's IP material in your book (IP = intellectual property), make sure you have obtained all permissions before you publish.
This is absolutely essential to avoid any potential grief and expense later on. The "quoting" rules for works of fiction tend to be tougher,
especially if you quote from songs, where you'll likely need permission to even use one line of anything that is still under copyright and hence has
IP protection. So, be careful! If you can't get permission or it'll cost too much, then you need to edit the material out and rewrite/re-edit as
are the author (and also the publisher), so you are legally responsible for making sure your book is not infringing on anyone's IP
-- make sure your book has been proofed and edited. Some readers might not care about typos or poor practices like e.g. the author using "it's" when
they actually mean "its" (ie, the possessive case of "it"), or "typo's" as the plural of "typo" (instead of the correct "typos") and so on. However,
many astute and/or knowledgeable readers will quickly pick up that the book has not been proofed or edited properly and mentally assign it to the
"just another indie publisher wannabe" scrapheap.
There's another factor that is even more important. Some people have jobs as "readers" and their work is to look out for new material. That is, they
read books to see if the story is something their employers might want to buy (eg screen rights), or at least buy an option on those rights. If the
book has not been well proofed and edited, they probably won't waste their time on it. There are plenty of other books out there which have been gone
over with a fine-toothed comb and won't make them cringe at the ignorant errors as they read. Yes, a typo or two may still slip by everyone, but
that's life. As long as you catch almost all of them, even pro "readers" won't be too worried.
-- for print versions, choose a good font that is designed for books. E.g. Times New Roman is not
a good font for a book. It was designed as a
newspaper font, for text printed in columns. Also, even the font you use for the book's title on the cover can make a big difference. Fonts have their
own "feel" and what works for a horror story may not be ideal for a work of fantasy. As your cover is usually the first thing potential readers see,
it has to grab them right away and give them a concept of the story. But if the font clashes with any image, then it affects the chances they'll take
a closer look and maybe buy it.
-- your cover not only needs to look good, it has to be of a high enough resolution to reproduce well for both print and eBook versions -- and they do
not always use the same format of image file. My front cover for KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing) is a 1667x2500-pixel jpeg file. My full cover for the
print version on CreateSpace had to be "life sized" to fit the actual 6"x9" trade paperback book. So, it's a 13.15" x 9.25" single "flattened" pdf
file at 300 DPI. It had to be made slightly over-sized to allow for trimming in the print process and includes 0.9" for the book's spine. And 300 DPI
was their specified quality level to produce a good cover image.
-- for a print version, you need an ISBN. If you go via CreateSpace, they will assign you an ISBN on request free of charge. If you publish an eBook
via KDP, you do not need an ISBN. Once your book is ready to be released, KDP will assign it a unique code. Not as an ISBN, but so it can be tracked
and found on Amazon.
-- an eBook file is not set up the same as a print book file. Most free online conversion software to turn a .doc type file into an eBook file is
utter crap. If you don't have the expertise to correctly set up and encode an eBook file, then use a professional service. I used Bookow .com to both
typeset my print book and set up my eBook and the results were brilliant and great value for money. (And no, I don't have any shares in the company. I
wish I did!)
There are other things but that's enough to be going on with. Feel free to ask me about anything I've mentioned (or haven't!) or shoot me a PM.
edit on 20/4/16 by JustMike because: typos