Continued from last post...
Graphic novels are practically the same process, the only difference you have is that you will be populating your work with images. It will probably
be a larger amount of work to format and make sure everything lines up correctly, but I can't see any issues that you may have. You have two paths
that you can follow.
It may be an idea to ensure that your images are in jpg or png format, just in case readers on the other end are limited by their software. These
formats are the most popular at the moment, and the most widely supported, so it should allow viewership as broadly as possible.
If you are planning to print, ensure that you have a printer that can handle the images you are using. If you have a high number of colours, you may
need a stronger paper to accommodate for that. Print or digital, the same standards apply. Ensure that the images are all the same format, that the
fonts are all the same, your spelling is all correct, and so on. You may want to do some research into the different ebook readers and their screen
sizes, resolutions etc, even test your files on some if you get the opportunity.
Formats you would go for here are epub, mobi, even pdf can be used, but try to create the file that your publishing house uses, otherwise you may lose
some formatting during conversion. The advantage here is that all these files work on HTML, so you can use the basic editor to get your layout, then
adjust using the HTML backend to get the finer points just the way you want them.
There are loads of different formats that you can choose from listed here: en.wikipedia.org...
But I would highly recommend the ones stated above, as they are becoming the industry standard.
These work a little differently, though my experience with them is practically nil. As I understand, you populate the file with a series of images,
adjusting frames as you go, and fitting them to the page as you see fit. Formatting is handled entirely by the file and reader, so generally the work
as WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get).
You can find a little information about the specific file types here: en.wikipedia.org...
As I said, I have very little knowledge of this side of editing, and as a result, would recommend standard epub files as a starting point. Only if you
find that they don't suit your needs would I say to try another avenue.
I use a little free program called Sigil. It's fantastic, and has all the features required for basic book creation. There are others (Adobe has a
package, but its name eludes me), but they are generally paid software and, as with most of Adobe's stuff, have more features than you would ever
Hope this helps!
If you're looking for a cheaper option for print books, CreateSpace may be the way to go. I get a print copy of my paperback, just shy of 300 pages,
for around $4 plus shipping. Hard covers are obviously going to be more expensive, but I do think they were well below $10, best to check it out
rather than take my word for it.
As for editing, they provide an online preview system, which means you can upload your file, check it on the website, then simply adjust the file and
reupload if you have any issues. There are no fees for their services, or any others that I have already spoken about, excepting printing costs and
royalties, all of which are handled automatically.
Phew, this was another long one! Can't wait to hear more from you all!
S. J. Vellenga