My excuses are plentiful.
- I'm still shaking off this lingering virus - the coughing and 'gunge' not yet cleared up, the tiredness an absolute pest!
- I spent happy time buying and posting birthday presents for three of my lovely great nieces; and I posted off prizes from last Friday's launch of Monogamy Twist to my equally fantastic people who were winners.
- Most of all a lot of time was spent yesterday re-reading the instructions, and the terms and conditions, for using Createspace to publish The Taexali Game, my time travel historical for YA/ Middle Grade readers.
However, I'm sure once I 've done this learning tricks to publish a couple of times, I'll get the hang of it. I'm sad to say, though - I'm a very slow dog learning new technology tricks.
"Easy as pie," says an author friend, talking about self- publishing on Createspace. "They're pretty helpful."
I agree with him that they are but there's something not logical about the way I approach instructions, or approach the finding out of what has to be done first. Before I started on my Monogmay Twist publicity and promotions, I had already poured over my manuscript for The Taexali Game and was hopeful I'd sorted all main layout formatting tasks.
Accessing Createspace on the internet, it was easy to find pages which told me what's needed in specifications for a cover design. I just wish I knew about DPI and other layering thingies but I'm not worried because I know my cover designer will handle that. He'll be able to create a wraparound PDF for me with a front cover, spine and back cover.... but only after I know how many pages there will be in the book. I know I've got 150 + pages in my manuscript but does that mean the same number of pages in a book?
What size is my book going to be? Fantastic! I made a decision. It's going to be 5" by 8" to match the size of my other novels - easier for packing to take them to craft fairs for selling locally. Then I find some really useful information on the Createspace help lines and chat room. For a 5" x 8" book I need to make sure I've got the page layout and margins set correctly. Brilliant! I hadn't done that yet. There's even some graphics on one site that show me how to do this margin setting in Word. Of course, that's after I convert from inches to centimetres since I'm set up for British English and British metric standards.
I've now downloaded the formatted template for the size of the book I want- yipee! I'm getting somewhere now. The instructions don't alll make sense yet, but I'm confident I'll work that out as I start the insertion procedure.
So...I'm now about to start all over again, today.
But where does Iggle Piggle and Shrek come into this? For a short while yesterday I thought I could seriously multitask. Read some instructions while...
"Grandma?" asks my 3 and a 1/2 year old granddaughter. "Will you watch Shrek with me?"
"Well," says I, " I'll do my best but we have to watch Riley, as well." At just past 1 year old he is quick as a whippet, even though not walking yet.
You know, I wasn't really reading the instructions too well. I'll be back with an update after my grandma slot today!