Pretty Things

A break, if I may, from all this talk of Devils and Souls to sit back and revel in the pleasure of holding a copy of your book in your hand. Not an electronic copy, but a real, bound, litho printed paperback.

OK, so yes, I paid for it myself and this probably does fall under the banner of Vanity Publishing because I don’t expect to sell more than a handful of these.

But don’t imagine for a moment that the pleasure is diminished in any way. I’ve printed out copies of my books, bound them and sat them on the shelf, and very nice they were, very tangible. But this is different. This feels like a real book, and a hefty one, too.

It’s not perfect, there are a couple of typos to be fixed, and a tweak required on the front cover. It’s taken an age to arrive, due (it seems) to my stupidly requesting the cheapest shipping method – a mistake I won’t be repeating.

Of the whole process, the production of the paperback has been the most painful. CreateSpace, to their credit, provide detailed, clear instructions. Having followed these to the letter, I’m very happy with the results.

In the meanwhile, given the delay in receiving this one, I started looking at a more local POD service. To say the process has been a little more fraught is an understatement. Firstly, opening an account with them required much more detail (it’s clear that they are a more traditional printer branching out into POD rather than being specifically created as such), then the specifications of the interior file has been more demanding – whereas CreateSpace will happily take a PDF created using the “Save As” in Word, this company prefer a PDF created with Adobe Distiller. Which I don’t have. Attempts to create the file using other methods have, so far, been unsuccessful.

That they also charge considerably more for the proof, and there has been (until today) 3-5 days between uploading my new files and being told they were incorrect (compared to CreateSpace where I uploaded mid-afternoon, received confirmation the file was OK by late evening, ordered the proof and had the dispatch confirmation later that night) has really dragged out the whole process.

So it looks like I’ll be going back to CreateSpace. With apologies for complaining about the slow delivery (I checked earlier, if I ordered an actual print run and chose express delivery, I could have them by July 6th. Really not too bad).

I should say: I’m not being paid to compliment CreateSpace, just relating my experience. I’m also not specifying the name of the other company – again, these are only my experiences, you might have a much better time. And no, it’s not Lulu, I haven’t used them – I did consider them, but they don’t have the paper size I have chosen so that would mean another round of formatting and redesigning the cover.

Finally, back to the point, the Pretty Thing. This:

You can, of course, order a copy for yourself using the Buy Now link on the right, or you can trot off to Amazon and order a copy for your Kindle (and a copy of Broken – Book 2 – while you’re there!) – again, use the link on the right.

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One Comment to “Pretty Things”

  1. Squee! Congrats! It looks good.

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