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Published our fourth anthology

Anthology cover 2016

 

My writer’s group publishes an anthology of our writing each year. Members submit, then I take their stories and assemble the book, design the cover, and upload to Createspace and Amazon Kindle Publishing.

The steps to publish an anthology is as follows;

  1. Edit and revise your stories so that it is the best it can be. As editor, this often means I go through to remove indents, line spacing, spellcheck, and run through punctuation. I then make sure the Title is formatted to HEADER 1, and the author’s name is HEADER 2.
  2. I add pages: Page Numbers. Title page that includes all authors. Copyright page for the book and include book cover design copyright as well. Book dedication page, which often is to the authors who submit, my writer’s group in general, and all would-be authors out there. TABLE OF CONTENTS- This gets added when I add all stories into a single document. This is where the HEADER settings are added into the TABLE OF CONTENTS field. I double check its layout and if its correct.
  3. I revise again for formatting issues.
  4. I download a pre-formatted file from Createspace that includes the gutter (that’s the book seam of a printed book) and margins. I cut/paste the book, then go through the document to check for formatting again.
  5. I send this out to all writers to check their bio page and story, and if they want, they can also check the rest of the book. It is always a good idea to get fresh eyes on the manuscript.
  6. I make revisions again.
  7. I work on book design while authors check the manuscript. Once I get their feedback, I put everything together and upload to Createspace.
  8. I often have to make more revisions if it doesn’t look correct under the online revision screen. This generally includes how the pages look in the book format.
  9. If it looks good, then I click ok, choose ‘channels, which includes book stores or online stores that might want to order the book, libraries, and of course Amazon and Createspace stores online.
  10. I adjust price. I generally keep this as low as possible since the anthology is meant to get the writers some exposure.
  11. Add the eBook version. I have to go through a similar process to get the eBook version up, editing the book cover as well. What I find frustrating is that Amazon and Createspace doesn’t play so well together and you can end up with two listings of the printed version and the eBook version.
  12. I then announce to group and hooray– we have another book released.

Printed anthology 2016

EBook version of anthology 2016

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Self-published anthology

Today, I got the ‘proof’ copy of the anthology , printed at Createspace.com. It is larger than expected. I thought it would thin. I’m pretty happy with it, although it does need a few more tweaks.

I realized they didn’t add page numbers. I assumed that was automatic with their process. That’s easy enough to fix. So far, everything else looks pretty good.

I still need to go through and check for anything else that needs fixing. Its not easy for me. With my bad eyesight, and stupid eye floaters, reading and seeing details proves challenging.

I think our next anthology will include sections, where the poetry will be in one section, science fiction in another, or some other format. This one is a bit of a hodge podge.

But the goal was to have a printed book of my fellow authors’ work, so I can ask them to sign in. I then have a nifty keepsake. I also found that I gained tons of experience with compiling, editing, and setting things up via Amazon Kindle and Createspace.com.

So here’s my advice;

Start with the Createspace.com, with a printed book first. Because the process involves more detail, you get a better result. You also get a Kindle eBook linked to your account, automatically.

Have a novel length project to publish. You can use this online calculator to see what you’ll be earning for a book based on size and number of pages. A book length of 250 pages, 5 x 8, earns only $.95 if you list the price at $8.00. A book with fewer pages simply won’t be worth purchasing.

Thinner books (short stories) can still publish as eBook via Amazon Kindle. This convinces me that submissions to future anthologies must be enough to create a printed book- otherwise, we just go with an electronic version.

I’m not sure when I’ll have the printed version available, but the online version can be found here;

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Createspace- self publishing to print or electronic book

CreateSpace-LogoI’m finishing up all the anthology publishing for the 2013 edition, and I’m learning a lot about the process.

Printed version first. I found I could’ve easily added the eBook version during the process of setting up the printed version. I did the eBook first via Kindle. I think now the two won’t be connected where you have the option on the page on Amazon. I think? Either way, if given the choice, be sure to do the printed version first. You will get the chance to select an eBook version for Kindle through the process- which makes things so much easier.

And don’t worry. If you screw up, the process will offer corrections and even a template you can work with.

Book covers. The graphic file for the eBook must be within the proper dimensions. According to this page, 1500×2400 at 300 dpi. If you don’t understand what that is, you might need to consider a graphic designer to design your cover for you.

The printed book, on the other hand, required a different dimension, which depended on the number of pages but also what size printed book. I selected a 5 x 8 size, with 200 pages. Fortunately, they provide a template based on your selection (click on this page), that you can edit and adapt as needed.

This did, however, create a few problems I didn’t anticipate. Being the graphic for the cover was mostly white with text and a basic graphic at its center, I was required to add a darker frame. (This was for the eBook). In addition, another author in my group found her black cover with red lettering wouldn’t show up on the basic Kindle. So consider carefully your colors, fonts, and designs.

You want them clear, concise, and work well with the color and graphics.

I’ll post more as I go.

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