Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Devil Music 5.5" x 8.5" Paperback Edition

The Devil Music 5.5" x 8.5" paperback edition is now available through CreateSpace. This took longer than the ebook editions because I did order a proof copy of the book. You can get it [HERE].

The proof copy of the book arrived on April 9th, 2014. I'm glad we got one, because reviewing it did turn up a few errors which were then corrected before this edition was made available for sale. I also had to go back to the ebook vendors and upload revised files for them (those editions).

Although Custom-book-tique did format the book for us and got the project started on CreateSpace, doing so yourself and filling in the information is fairly easy and quite straightforward:
  • Title information is just the title, subtitle, author, contributors, language, publication date, etc.
  • They do ask for an ISBN, which you can get for yourself. If you do get your own ISBN(s), then be careful to use them correctly (e.g. use the same ISBN on CreateSpace as you use on the application for a certificate of registration from the Library of Congress).
  • The interior and cover are both defined as PDF files formatted for publication. This 5.5" x 8.5" Devil Music paperback uses a glossy cover.
  • Although you can review the files and approve the proof of the book exclusively online, I'd encourage you to go ahead and get a PROOF copy and thoroughly re-read it to check for both proofreading (e.g. spelling, grammar) and formatting (e.g. uneven margins) problems.
  • You will also need to provide a book description and author biography (you will need several versions of this information meeting various length restrictions; I'll write more about them in another blog post later).
  • You will need some keywords for your book here and in various other places. Do not include the author's name or words from the title since those will already be associated with your book.
  • Pricing ... yeah, good luck with that. Devil Music's retail list price at publication/launch was selected to provide the author with a $1.00 USD royalty when sold through "extended distribution".
  • I'd recommend using Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) rather than publishing to Kindle through CreateSpace.

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