Dress You Up In My Love: The Appearance of Your Self-Published Book

While I’m technically not releasing my book until Monday, August 4, it is actually listed for sale on Amazon/CreateSpace, Kindle, and Nook (shhhh…). Some of my friends did their own searches and found the links, and purchased the book (both versions, in some cases) anyway. Gotta love proactivity! I and my royalty statements thank them. 😀

Anyway, I asked one of my friends how the actual book looked, since my copies won’t arrive until next week. She told me that overall, it was a very solid, professional-looking book (and as an avid reader, she would know), and pointed out some things that, while not glaringly obvious, that she noticed. One of those things she mentioned irritated me because it would have occurred on the production end of CreateSpace, being that the proof looked just fine on my end. Grrrrr…

Which goes to show that the (free) digital proofing system isn’t always foolproof. One can always order a copy of a physical proof (for a small fee), but I would suggest this if you only have minor changes to make and have plenty of time before your publication date.  One of the things I love about today’s self-publishing technology is the ability to do everything online. But in light of my friend’s comments, I’m thinking that for the next book, I may go for the physical proof to see how it really looks and feels in the hands. Which means that I will need to finish the book (including rewrites, extra eyes on it by my pre-publication reading group, cover design, etc) way before I plan to release it.

Technology is both a blessing and a curse. Sometimes, it’s best to go analog in a digital world.

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