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Simple Web Know How for Writers

Updated on May 2, 2010

designing your book

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Be your own publisher.

The publishing scene is changing fast. For those who have limited means and are willing to learn a few simple skills, createspace, a long distance computer/printer offered through amazon, is a great option.

One of those skills is visualizing your finished book with pages and content just as you want it. For example, some pages, such as a title page or the first page of your text, should be on the right. Often, to achieve this, you have to insert into your file a blank page. See the photo of part of my book Red Hen's Daughters, which I published on createspace.

When you use this tool you are working with a long distance computer and printer that is set up to automatically print what you send. They send you a proof to check in case you get it wrong. You fix it and upload it again, using a PDF (Portable Document Format). I'm just a step ahead of you, looking letters up in wikipedia, and learning how to use the tools necessary to see my books published. And I'm having fun! You will, too.


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      Patricia Lapidus 7 years ago from Bantam, CT

      Thanks, Eric. Yah, I'm looking at eBooks next. Createspace gives me a better profit margin than any of the other PODs I looked at. But, of course, no marketing services. It's a do it yourself proposition.

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      ericvonjed 7 years ago

      Awesome, the times are a' changin' fast. I've thought about Create Space but envision three big problems. First, editing my own work is about as effective as cutting my own hair. Second, the pricing. The "piece of the action" taken by the printer is too large and saps all the profit out of the book. Third, marketing. I'm thinking about sticking a novel on the Amazon Kindle E-book thing, kind of like throwing spaghetti on the wall to see if it sticks. Regardless, great hub!