10/2/2015 Let’s get Nocs on paper. Where to begin? There’s a summary page by Amazon here…let’s see – Create Space, GET STARTED. No wait! I should do some research, right? Here’s someone’s account, and it’s positive. Of course, I used the search sentence: “Is is a good idea to publish with createspace?” What if I try “is it a bad idea to publish with createspace?”
Yes, this is what I need: “Self-Publishing On Amazon Createspace – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly“. Holy crap – that’s not a lot of earnings!
So what about other options? There’s Ingram Spark, and the reviews are good too. So it’s starting to sink in that although I’m not expecting to make money off of this, I’ll be making much less than I thought. Here’s the createspace breakdown.
So here are my two options according to suggestions I’ve read so far: createspace and Ingram Spark – surprice! Yes, there are many other options but I want good distributors, and those two are it, it seems. Now I’m going to take the next natural step – I’m going to sleep on it.
10/3/2015 Saturday Morning – coffee mug in hand!
I’m having an engaging discussion on Facebook with people experienced on the issue, tapping in to all my resources. Allowing my fact checking to work with my overall abstract subconscious conclusions, I’m leaning towards Ingram Spark. Now I’m trying to figure out what the difference is between Ingram Spark and Lightning Source. They belong to the same company and offer the same services…? Also:
Can I publish a book in print with Ingram Spark if it’s already available as an eBook with Amazon Kindle?
10/5/2015 No reply!
So I left this hanging after I wrote to Ingram Spark to find out if there were any conflicts with my book already being published in kindle form. No answer yet. What to do? Pretend it’s all well and find out in due time? I need to check out the specs so I can format my document in InDesign, where the picky graphic designer within me can gain full control of the layout before saving it as a press quality print PDF and send it off to the press.
10/9/2015 – Still no reply!
My goodness! The largest publisher IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE, and no reply. I haven’t even received any spam, despite agreeing to receiving their stuff so I could submit my question. Did I mistype my email? Well, another weekend and I’m moving forward…
10/17/2015 – Nocs in print – what size?
Page count, word count, font, font size, leading…what size is right for Nocs? It was time to do some research. I found a great blog article that lead me to a great source for finding word counts for printed books. I picked several paper backs off my own book shelf, compared size with word count and checked readability. I don’t want my text to be too small. I also don’t want my book to be too large, too thin and flimsy. Just for fun, check out these results:
4″ x 7″ – 248 pages – 101,620 words
4″ x 7″ – 227 pages – 87,370 words
4″ x 7″ – 325 pages – 68,706 words
5.5″ x 8″ – 405 pages – 154,497 words
5.5″ x 8″ – 263 pages – 74,412 words
5.5″ x 8″ – 357 pages – 113,590 words
5″ x 7.5″ – 216 pages – 59,765 words
Now you can see that a page number isn’t a very reliable source when telling the length of a book. Here are Ingram Spark’s listed available print sizes. Judging by my list of books and considering their physical thickness as well, Nocs, and the sequel, who are both in the 80,000 word count range, would be too thick and require too small of a print for a 4″ x 7″ size pocket book. I’m thinking 5″ x 8″ will do the trick – look good, have legible text that isn’t too condensed, and allow for good size margins. Next step: look up specs and set up my InDesign document.
10/25/2015 – It’s been done!
Finally – the files have been submitted to Ingram Sparks, and I set the date for Nocs to be available on November 7. Sort of random, I know, but despite being a graphic artist I had some trouble shooting and moved the date up. The submissions kept getting refused due to the documents including transparency, which wasn’t true, and which is why the PDF setting to flatten any transparency wasn’t available. There was no transparency in my InDesign documents, but it did link to Photoshop, vector and PNG files. I take it either the alpha channel (transparency channel) was causing the extra confusion, or the fact that I forgot to change the color mode to CMYK from RGB. Either way, it’s been fixed and I can now move on to getting the sequel published on Kindle. I ordered my first copy, and we’ll see how it turned out.
It’s been a while because it took a while, to re-upload a new file and finally have it apply. I don’t think I can recommend Ingram Sparks. There’s no communication – you’re on your own. But – the book is available in hard copy here!