August 2nd, 2012

catie_cute

more on formatting

…because *I’m* interested even if you’re not. :)

Turns out the method of formatting page numbers, footers, headers, etc, for POD isn’t that difficult. It is only not that difficult, mind you, because I have already learned how to use Open Office style sheets thanks to LJ Cohen’s brilliant primer on ebook formatting, so I basically comprehend what I’m doing.

The problem, of course, is that I’ve been using stylesheets fairly willy-nilly through the document as I’ve realized and discovered more bits I need to do, so it’s not nearly as well-organized as it needs to be in order to implement the not-so-difficult header/footer stuff. It is, in other words, more difficult than it needs to be, because I’m not yet good enough at this to have all the right pieces in place when I begin.

The good news is I can recognize what I need to do in order to make it all work beautifully. The bad news, of course, is that it’s time-consuming, especially for a first attempt. And whether it’s worth it for a personal POD project is…debatable. If I was going to sell this thing, yeah, I’d fix it all, and I will certainly Do It Right with NO DOMINION, but…eh. Eh, sez I. Eh.

OTOH, the satisfaction of Doin’ It Right is considerable, so…*flails* :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)

oldraces_aftermath

triumph complete. :)

I couldn’t help myself. I did up the formatting properly and I’m quite happy with it. I’ll have a proof copy printed, and perhaps I’ll do a give-away with it or something once I’ve had a look over it to see what detail work might need fixing.

And yay, my ad is up at Bitten By Books! I’m running a 2 month ad there to see if it boosts sales any, and then in October I’ll be doing a guest blog there and elsewhere to see if /that/ makes a difference to sales. This is all very interesting stuff to me, finding out what all Makes It Go.

Mikaela commented on the earlier post about Doin’ It Right, saying, “Well, you might not plan to sell them now. But who knows, maybe you plan to sell them next year or something :). ( Unless you are sitting on awesome news.)”

which I thought I would lift the reply into public space for, in case anybody else had wondered the same thing:

I am not, sadly, sitting on awesome news. I have to wait and see how BABA YAGA’S DAUGHTER does with SubPress. If it does well enough and they want to give another one a go, I’ll probably split the ORSSP stuff into 2 new collections, and write “Kiss of Angels”, the Grace O’Malley story, as a novella for the anchor piece for one, use “Year of Miracles” as the anchor for the other, and write a bunch more short stories to fill out both of them so they’ve got a lot of new content to go along with the stuff people’ve read.

But that all depends on how BYD does. :)

(x-posted from the essential kit)