I should have titled this “Here I Go Again.” I am a full-time artist and a part-time author. One of the challenges I face is time. The amount of time that passes between my books, which has been up to 8 years. I spend hours researching publishers and formatting. Each publisher has their own requirements. Also, there are different requirements for published a printed edition and an eBook. After sending my file off to be printed, I delete sites and files I (think) I won’t be using anymore.
If you are serious about writing and getting your material published, you have to spend the time and learn the requirements. I wish I could say that I remember everything I did for my last book, and my new book is coming together without any problems, but that would not be the truth. I know that if I do not meet the requirements, my book will not be published.
Yes, self-published is easier than sending your manuscript off to multiple publishers, but there are requirements to fulfill if you want a professional looking product. For example, all my previous books have been 5.5x8.5. This time, because I am including art and a more popular size is 6x9, I am going with a slightly larger edition. Which means changing margins, top, bottom, right, and left. Which means I have to decide on which software program I want to use. Ever heard of Scribus? It is an open-source desktop publishing program used by writers. https://www.scribus.net Nope, that didn’t work last time. I’ve used Microsoft Publisher before, but switched to Word. That is just for the text. I’ll have to deal with the art later. Then, well, you get the idea.
I prefer doing my art, but I also feel what I am sharing in my books is encouraging. The messages I received touched my heart and helped me through some difficult and challenging times. Next week I’ll give you a glimpse of how my new book is coming along.
Below is a list of keywords as they will appear in my Table of Contents.
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