Hello Friends! Some of you know I'm planning to launch my chapter book, CURSE OF THE DOUBLE DIGITS (for ages 7 to 10), on October 10th. That happens to be the birthday of my main character, Becky. She's turning double digits on the tenth day of the tenth month and expects it to be magical, but of course that's not the case...
Being the tech idiot that I am, I'm having a hard time getting the paperback version ready to publish through CreateSpace. Can't afford to pay someone. :( Besides, I need to learn all this stuff.
See, I started this book ten years ago. (It spent years in a drawer off and on.) Back then it didn't cause problems to indent a new paragraph by hitting the tab. But now it wreaks havoc in Word, and parts of the manuscript that were indented that way have to be deleted and fixed. Took an entire day to figure this out, thanks to the help of some wonderful writer peeps. There are other glitches, too, but who wants to hear about those? Not me!
Even if I wasn't having problems with the margins and paragraphing, getting the text justified without large gaps between words requires revising sentences so they fit better. It's way more time consuming than I expected. Those are just a few issues, not to mention dealing with widows and orphans. Scream!
I expected to run into problems adding the illustrations, but as it turns out, it's working fine! Woo hoo! It's so nice when things go smoothly, isn't it?
Still need to get the cover done. The cover illustration is ready. Now I'm waiting for the cover designer to work her magic. She's backlogged for six weeks, but she threw together a temporary cover so I can add it to the CreateSpace template and order the first book proof and check it over.
Not bad for a temporary cover thrown together in a few minutes!
I sent her the cover illustration (by Alanna Heck) and she took it from there.
I'm excited to see what she'll do for the final cover. I like how she added "10"
behind the title. Just need to add the illustrator's name and delete "The" in the title.
Once the paperback version is set to go, I need to get the eBook version ready. That means revising all the sentences to match the changes I made in the paperback version. Very time consuming. And very tricky to accomplish during the week when I'm babysitting. While Punkin naps, I need to work fast.
So I won't be blogging much until I get a handle on things. Right now I'm overwhelmed and trying to keep the meltdowns to a minimum. This writing process is a wild ride, that's for sure.
I'll be back as soon as possible. I have lots of cool posts planned. And I will catch up with all of you then. I hope your summer is sizzling with fun and sun and good times.
Hope to see you soon!