And finally… part 3

The 3rd section of questions is about the print version of the book, the last thing they format. Obviously this wasn’t too tough. OK, I say that, but I haven’t finalized the back cover blurb yet. That’s disturbingly like a query letter, which I am apparently genetically incapable of producing.

For the print formatting, we’ll need the following:

–        Blurb for back cover
–        Trim size – the final size the book will be when printed. Here are the options:
o    5” x 8”
o    5.06” x 7.81”
o    5.25” x 8”
o    5.5” x 8.5” (commonly used size)
o    6” x 9” (commonly used size)
o    6.14” x 9.21”
o    6.69” x 9.61”
o    7” x 10”
o    7.44” x 9.69”
o    7.5” x 9.25”
o    8” x 10”
o    8.5” x 11”
–        Type of paper – cream or white. We recommend cream, as the words tend to vibrate on white paper, which can cause problems with some readers.

I chose 5.5″ x 8.5″ for the paperback; cream paper; and YES, I (we) are working on the blurb. BTW, have you ever noticed that a lot of back cover blurbs are apparently written by people who never read the book? Have you ever been reading a book and gone back to re-read that blurb, because what you were reading wasn’t what you thought you were buying? Another benefit of self-publishing – I, at least, know what the book is about!

I got my author website up… Drumroll please. OK, it was a 5 page free website on GoDaddy, and the template was already there, so I don’t take a lot of credit. BUT, it’s there, it’s accurate, it’s super duper highly incredibly informative (ha!), and it’s FREE!

Interesting side note, after going back and forth with an industry contact on publishing a non-fiction book – it needs to be out before November, and, of course, that’s nigh on impossible with the publishing industry – it looks like he will self-publish as well. We had a meeting on it yesterday (after many years in business together, we still find it helpful to schedule meetings on specific things!). So I will post some information on that as we go, since his is non-fiction vs my fiction, he will probably have illustrations (cartoon-type) where I have none (this changes the pricing and formatting stuff a bit), and he’s doing a trade paperback. Also, his is a timely current-events type thing, and so his marketing will have to be a blitz campaign.

Just came across this very interesting article posted by someone in my writers’ group. If you’re interested in self-publishing, it’s definitely worth a read!


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