In a potentially vain attempt to boost my book sales over two I decided to offer my novel as a paperback as well as an e-book. Maybe this means that I am a novelist and not a hobbyist, but maybe not, I’ll think on it.
To make your novel a paper back you need to find someone to print it. I did a little research and found a couple of options. In the end I went with Create Space because it is tied to Amazon and I already had my novel up on Amazon KDP. CreateSpace also does not require any money upfront, they just print your novel and ship it out anytime someone orders it. So very cool.
It was a little tricky to get my cover formatted properly, I needed to play around with Photoshop for a bit to get it right. Luckily my lovely wife uses Photoshop, so I did not have to pay for anything extra to get the cover worked out.
I then needed to reformat all of the text into a format that would work with CreateSpace. This involves downloading a template in MS Word and then copying and pasting your book, chapter by chapter into the template. It took me most of a Saturday afternoon to get it done.
I was pretty happy with the result online, so I decide to order a hard copy proof to give it one last look over. The delivery date was a week away.
Longest week ever.
The novel arrived and looked pretty good, but I decided to tweak the cover a little and get another proof. I hope to receive it today. If all looks good the paperback should be available on Amazon soon.
I am so very excited — as excited as I get, which is not much. Maybe, just maybe this will allow me to break the two books sold barrier I have been stuck at.