Slowly getting things done

I finally finished the changes to the volume 3 manuscript. Then I had to do the e-book version. I don’t know about others, but I prefer to write in my set-up for print books, with all my painstakingly created formatting. When I first started, I had mountains of mistakes when it came to formatting a document. After a lot of trial and error, I have my preferred templates, depending on what I’m working on. The episode guides have their own, novels another. E-books have a designated template, too. For those, I do some copy-and-paste sleight of hand from my print document.

I can’t stress enough how formatting will make your life simpler. Invest the time to play around with styles & formatting. Find what you like, then make your templates. I have a style for damn near everything. For example, the signature in a letter.

Formatting pic

With the formatting marks option toggled on, notice how there are no arrows to indicate tabs in the closing and signature? That’s because I formatted a special style with a very generous before text indent. When creating a heading style for your chapter title, add the appropriate amount of space in the above paragraph option in the indents and spacing section. I work in LibreOffice because the less said about Word the better, especially as a Mac user. But I digress…in fact, I’ve gone way off track.

DS Guide volume 3. The hard part is done. I need to make a print copy cover and get a proof from CreateSpace. Unfortunately, there are no coupons available at the moment for IngramSpark to discount or waive the upload fee. And that’s a bummer. Especially since I’ll need to buy more ISBNs as well. I’m aiming to have all the previous books reissued by early July. Then maybe, maybe, I can finally get back to work on my novel. That said, I do believe I’m one of the very few who gets away with making Leland Devore wait.

 

The self-publishing merry-go-round

Quickly checking in since I’ve been lax in posting. Truth is, I’ve been busy trying to get the episode guides reissued. It’s a process, and today I’m feeling a bit burned out by it all. But there is good news. The first two books (e-books) have been re-released. Volume 1 print edition has also been released…to one channel at least. It’s available on Amazon and is working through the IngramSpark machine as we speak. I’m keeping a positive thought that there won’t be any issues with Ingrams. Fingers crossed.

I avoided IngramSpark, as I did CreateSpace, in part because of complaints that the process was complicated, vague, and lacking in straightforward instructions. True, CS had/has very outdated info and I think Ingrams does it on purpose to weed out the not-so-serious, only looking to make a fast buck type of self-publishing authors. I can say that although it’s a different animal, setting up a title on IngramSpark isn’t that bad or difficult. I’ll pass along this advice; take your time. Don’t rush. Read and watch tutorials on the web. There are a lot of folks who post a video or blog entry that can be incredibly helpful. If, like me, you’re delving into CMYK covers, practice, practice, practice.

Speaking of which, the new print edition has more of a smoky slate blue compared to the jewel tone sapphire of the e-book. I like it. I finessed the interior file as well and I’m pleased with the outcome overall.

One down, far too many to go

Finally released the revised Vol 1 e-book. We’ll see if Apple rejects it because I don’t consider the episode range as a subtitle. They do, apparently, which is a pain, and necessitates making changes to either the cover or the metadata. As far as the print version, I need to do some behind-the-scenes things with CreateSpace before release, but I’m not stressing myself over this. Slow and steady, a bit at a time. Thinking or worrying about too many things at once just bogs you down.

The read through of Vol 2 is going well. Not too many changes (it’s those damn commas, they get me every time). I think I made more important ones (fixing typos, mainly) prior to the KDP and CS uploads. I’m aiming to have the Vol 2 e-book out by the end of the month. With any luck, I’ll have the new print editions for both 1 and 2 out by then as well. Fingers crossed.

 

Didn’t expect that, but okay

My attention lately has not been where I want it to be. I think it’s because sub-consciously, I know the work that’s lying in wait and I don’t want to tackle it. So, diversion! At least the distraction is a productive one. I’ve been working on the next DS guide, little by little. I tell myself it’s good to step away from the novel from time to time. Here’s the reason why.

proof2

 

 

All those colorful post-it notes with minor corrections. Is it any wonder I want to occasionally pour a cocktail and lose myself in the craziness of Collinsport? And yes, that one page has paragraphs bracketed with a REWORK  notation in the margin, for a full two-thirds of the page. Isn’t this fun?

The procrastination game pays off

It’s amazing how easily I can think up half a dozen things to do in order to avoid work on my manuscript. Though to be fair, one of the distractions was actually book related research, which paid off extremely well. I had cut some things from a particular scene that I wasn’t completely sold on, even though I liked portions of the old material. Now I can keep what was best of the old and blend it with the much better, newer idea. It just seems like there’s never enough time to do everything that needs doing. If only I could clone myself. Fear not, however, work is getting done, albeit slowly.

The episode guide relaunch of the e-book versions is in limbo because one retailer is taking their sweet time pulling the old versions from their website. I haven’t re-released Volume 6 in print yet because I had to make a decision involving photo editing software. Sorry, Affinity, I don’t have the time it takes for the learning curve and Ingram is so damn finicky about the files they’ll accept. Photoshop it is. I hate having to use the Adobe Creative Cloud, but Photoshop Elements doesn’t do what I need.

As for the Volume 7 episode guide……good God that Leviathan storyline. Brutal in so many ways.

Half the battle done

I’ve finally finished proofing Volume 4 of the episode guides in preparation of a revised release. Now I enter the next phase, making the changes for the print edition, which I modify slightly for the e-book. Once completed, I’ll have revised all previously published guides and moved them to the new publishing platform. With luck, Volume 4 will be available by the end of the month.