Road to Self-Published Author – Part V

Ah, the holidays are here, and the editing is done. Strange how such a daunting task can be summed up in four words, but we’ve moved on to formatting. We’ve certainly come a long way, leaving arduous typesetting behind us in favor of word processing. But in many ways, tuning all the little details to transform a manuscript to a book is much like tweaking the moveable type of old.

Lulu does provide numerous templates for the sizing of your for-print books which makes for an easier starting point. In our case, we’re going to have two primary print sizes: 5.5” x 8.5” (digest) and 5.833” x 8.264” (A5) – both in paperback. Why two different sizes, when they are obviously so close to one another? See More

Road to the Self-Published Author – Part IV

A little over a week has gone by since my last segment, so I thought I’d take a brief break from editing to share some more insights.

Being ‘indie’ seems to be a big thing right now, whether you follow the game industry, the book market, the music scene… everywhere you look people are finding ways to circumvent the traditional path to publication. An obvious boon to this is that you maintain more control over your intellectual property.

The con is that it also means much more work for you. Now you aren’t just the writer or designer; now you’re the publicist, the artist, the receptionist, the copywriter, the editor… See More