Paperback Writer…

This won’t be news to the indie authors who’ve published their books in print version within the last year or so. But for those of you following along with me as I went through the process with my latest novel: Breaking Break, here’s an update.

Recently (I’m not exactly sure when) Kindle Direct Publishing began offering its authors a means to create a paperback version of their e-books directly from the Kindle publishing site. Prior to this, authors who wanted to create a print version of their books, needed to use the Amazon subsidiary, CreateSpace. For Breaking Bread I decided to try using the new Kindle tool. Mind you, it is still in ‘beta’ version so obviously they haven’t worked out all the glitches with it just yet.

I probably wouldn’t have even taken note of any problems had I not used a custom book cover. I have a friend with a graphic design business who creates my covers for me (per my direction) and sends me the print ready pdf file to upload to the site. When I uploaded the cover file to the Kindle publisher it gave me the error message that the file was not the right size (as in the actual dimensions of the book) BUT nowhere could I determine what size the cover needed to be! Without that information, I was dead in the water.

And so I reverted to CreateSpace and started the process all over again. CreateSpace adjusted the pdf file to the correct size without any fuss and the paper version is now ready for publishing. Find it here!

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16 thoughts on “Paperback Writer…

    1. Youโ€™re welcome! Itโ€™s actually pretty easy to do and with both CreateSpace and Kindle they are print on demand which means no cost to you. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Oh wow that sounded frustrating at first, what made you decide you wanted it in a printed format? I’m still trying to figure out for myself if I want to make handmade zines from my apartment or make them available online. I’ll have to look into your other posts!

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    1. Some people still like to have a physical copy of a book. Iโ€™ve probably sold an equal amount of both e-book and paperback versions of all my titles. There are advantages to the online sales through Amazon. I guess it depends on your overall goals in writing and publishing your work! I wish you the best of luck!

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