Sunday, March 22, 2015

Interior Book Design

March is coming to an end, and unfortunately I have not posted as of late and I apologize. However, I do want to let you know that Bloodline Inheritance is still in the works. Since the revisions are done I am currently working on the interior book design. For the past two years I have self published my own books. This requires a lot of time and patience, but most of all it requires learning. This will be my third book to self publish, and unfortunately I did not leave myself notes about how I did the interior design for my last two books. It is at times very frustrating, and currently I am trying to resolve one issue I am running into. However, other than that I am going to add in a bit more in the earlier chapters. Fortunately spring has only started, so I still have high hopes of the book releasing this spring.
So let's look at the long road ahead...

  • Interior design -1st starting with the formatting for the paperback. I still need to add in a dedication, copyright page, and headers. Page numbers are all finished, so no worries there. If formatting is too frustrating I might pay a company to do it for me -as they are also the ones I am considering to do my book cover. 2nd is working on ebook formatting. This is going to be a bit more difficult as everything in my book is already indented and such. I had this problem before last time with Thicker Than Blood and took a while to resolve. Hopefully once again this time once I remember it will all come back to me. If not I will be around on the Createspace forums asking for advice and guidance (which I did last year as well).
  • Book cover -For once I'm actually panicking about the book cover. Not because I don't know who to go to for one, but because I have not purchased it yet. Book covers are definitely not cheap, and sadly my designer for Thicker Than Blood no longer does book designs. So once again I am going to a new designer, but I believe I will be purchasing the cover by the end of this month. It is going to be a custom made design, so that is also what is making it a bit more expensive but worth it.
  • Createspace Prep- time to put it all on Createspace and upload all the details. I can also start planning on a release date (but won't announce an official one just yet)
  • Buy proof -once I buy the proof that means I can reread the entire book and then decide on an official release date. The date will be based on when I receive the proof and therefore giving me a few weeks to work out any minor issues. Last time with Thicker Than Blood there were minor issues with the cover as well as the actual interior formatting. (Hopefully not this time, but we shall see.)
  • Invites for Book Cover Reveal - if you participated in Thicker Than Blood's cover reveal and said "yes" to BlIn's I will be contacting you again. Once again I will set you up with all the necessary information, as there have been some new updates. (Note to self: I need to update my author picture for this as well, as I've been wanting a new one) The reveal will include the release date for the book and also links to the sites where you can purchase.
  • Goodreads - I might actually add the book to Goodreads before the book cover reveal depending on how everything turns out. It will definitely be one of the first places with the official cover.
  • Countdown -as usual the countdown until the official release date.
  • Release/release party! -as usual the book will go live on Createspace first and then everywhere else afterwards. Timing will depend on the websites and the formats. Ebooks I believe go live slightly after paperback. I will be updating on here and throughout my social media with all the links. Also by then I will have a release party set up and everyone will be informed with all the info and links to include in their own sharing on the internet.
So still a lot of work ahead. Just looking at the list... yeah, I see I've got a lot to do. Nonetheless, I am excited to think about the release. Now that the editing and such is done it's exciting to know that only the formatting can slow me down. (Really it does slow me down otherwise the book would release a lot sooner.) Perhaps one day I will update a post explaining about the interior design along with tips to both myself and others. There might have been a few steps in between that I missed with what needs to be done, but I think I've covered the major ones. Stay on the lookout for the upcoming 4th book in the series!
Lindsey R. Sablowski


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