And friends complain you can't sign it.
The "real book" still has its die-hard fans out there and, let's face it, I'm one of them.
So after much soul-searching, I have decided to go and self-publish in paper. The service I used is CreateSpace, which is affiliated to amazon. They try to sell themselves as being "free" for the author, but really that's only the case if you're some kind of expert graphic artist / layout person. Which I am not. These were the instructions for do-your-own interior:
Sure. Can we have that again in English, please?
- Make sure the dimensions of your document match your trim size (including bleed if applicable).
- Make sure all live elements are within the proper margins or safe zone.
- Export your file as a print-ready PDF. Be sure fonts are embedded.
- The maximum accepted file size for your book interior is 400 MB.
I decided to cough up the minimum required cash, just for formatting. I didn't get the copy-editing service, I didn't get the editorial service, I made my own cover. I'm a little worried about what will come out when it's done...
But it will look something like this.