Been abit MIA the last few days. Consistency has never been a quality that has come easy to me (but then again does it to anyone?). I’ve taken some time to step back and reassess and then reorient the reasons why I do this. it’s taken a lot of introspection, perhaps I’ll even write a blog post about it. I’m fortunate to have people in my life that won’t ever allow me to stop writing even at the times when I feel like I want too.
Anyways just wanted to share and explain my recent absence and say that I’ve shifted my mindset about this whole endeavour (and other things too). Writing is hard. Even at the best times. Anyone leading a creative lifestyle knows the unique adversity such a journey holds. It takes courage and an unbelievable amount of patience. Most of the time, you can’t even see the payoff. But there doesn’t need to be. It’s not about that. Just grateful for the lessons it teaches and the value it brings ✨(Apologies also for this long winded post 😂)
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So, time for some technical stuff. I'm not going into details here, because space is limited and there are plenty good templates and tutorials out there to help you with each part of the designing and formatting process. Look them up if you are serious about self-publishing, knowing how to format the correct PDF's for printing is essential.
First of all, decide on a book trim size. Formatting your document should be done in a word processor like Word or it's wonderful free alternative OpenOffice Writer. Templates found on Amazon's website will help you decide on proper formatting. Think page margins and - I went wrong there, the first time - inner margin for the so-called gutter (the 'inside' of the page, that is hard to read because pages are glued together there). Look into things like paragraph and page styles to make your life easier and to prevent errors. And, a really good idea: look at some books to see how they did it!
The size of your book matters. It's one of the main choices you make when uploading your work to KDP, but obviously you already decided on that when formatting your document to export as a PDF. For Lazy Prey I went with the default setting of 6 x 9 inches, but in hindsight that is a bit big for a poetry book. Badcurious is 5 x 8 inches, which feels better, in my case. Maybe you include some images, or your writing style is different, so other formats may work better for you. Just format your work in a word processor and print some pages on 100% actual width to get a sense of how your font and font size feel in print.
Templates also exist for cover designs depending on trim size and spine width (number of pages). Create a vector graphic design (in inDesign or Illustrator) and export as PDF. Keep in mind you need high resolution graphics, so no cheaping out on downloading some image 'credit Pinterest'. Do your homework, learn to properly design a print quality PDF - or have someone else do it.
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Check the link in my bio and enter the giveaway to win, amongst other goodies, a copy of Sherrie McCarthy's Goal Tracker Journal and a spot in her mini course Bye Bye Writer's Block 🎈 You can enter the giveaway until the 24th of March!
#Holi - A festival celebrated with great joy in #India is marked as the beginning of #Spring season. Friends and family get together and play with powdered colours called 'Gulal' and the children of the family also throw balloons filled with water on each other. To add to the joy, many mouth watering delicacies such as Gujiya, (A sweet snack) thandai (sweetened milk preparation) and ghevar (A Rajasthani sweet dish) are prepared. Not only temporary colours like gulal but also varieties of different colours - Link, purple, green, yellow, orange are smeared. It takes days to wash the colour of the skin but the fun memories stay for a lifetime! 😊