If you’ve been following the thread so far, you should now
have the following assets:
1. PDF of your book
2. .mobi file of your book
3. .epub version
4. PDF of the cover
5. .jpeg of the cover.
You are now able to create an
Click ‘add new title’
Name your book and select
‘paperback’ then click ‘get started’ on the ‘guided’ banner.
If you’ve read and done the previous two posts you will now
be in possession of three files: .pdf; .mobi; .epub. Next you design your
cover. What sort of cover you make depends on your individual preference. I
like dark/light relatively non-busy covers. On Kindle all you get is a small
avatar view of the cover, so why waste time putting a lot of writing in small
print that no one can read? That’s up to you though. The final print-ready
cover is a bit different though I think the less you put on the cover, the more
the picture stands out.
This post is intended to allow you to produce nice, clean
files, ready for uploading to your publishing source.
Firstly, write a book. Really, write your novel. Put it away
for a few weeks. Then edit it on-screen. Then print it out and go through it
with a red felt-tip and correct and re-write. It’s because you can’t afford to
have any typos or clumsy sentences. When you’re certain you’ve licked it – ask a
friend to read it. No friends? Pay someone to read it. The publishing arm I use
comes up with ‘We have found x typographical errors as follows:’ then they
shred your editing for you.
When my publisher told me in December he wasn't going to publish any
more books for the time being, it hit me hard. We'd published the first
book of a quadrilogy calledAMULET. I had four more books written and ready to
go - all dressed up and nowhere to go! To cap it all he was poised to publishGaldir IVthe next instalment of theGaldir series. I had one more French resistance
novel written as well.
poking a few agents and publishers but despite my having sold 30,000 copies of
the Cyclist and plenty more of the Roman books, no one showed interest.