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02 August 2012 @ 11:53 am
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)

Kate Kirbykirbyk on August 2nd, 2012 12:12 pm (UTC)
It's not just satisfaction. You've acknowledged that a lot of the time is first-time learning curve, so might as well get that out of the way for a personal project, learn the lessons that are learnable from that, and not make the same mistakes on your more professional work!
kitmizkit on August 2nd, 2012 12:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's just retrofitting the lessons to the personal piece isn't...*necessary* except in terms of satisfaction. My family aren't going to notice or object to the two or three very minor details that makes it Not Quite Professional, y'know?

But it's ridiculous how much I enjoy this, actually. In another life... :)
kitmizkit on August 2nd, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
(I have just gone through and Done It Right. And I am Satisfied. :))
Kate Kirbykirbyk on August 2nd, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC)
I somehow suspected you would. :)
Flitterbyflit on August 2nd, 2012 07:59 pm (UTC)
Hee! I am not surprised!
kit: oldraces_aftermathmizkit on August 2nd, 2012 09:09 pm (UTC)
I know, I know, I am so completely neurotic. :) But I think I've got it all Just Right, and I'll have a proof copy printed up and maybe I'll do a give-away with it or something just for fun. :)
mikaela_l: pic#115610382mikaela_l on August 2nd, 2012 03:56 pm (UTC)
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.)
kit: oldraces_bydmizkit on August 2nd, 2012 07:15 pm (UTC)
I am not, sadly, sitting on awesome news. I have to wait and see how BYD 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 story, as a novella for the anchor piece for one, 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 depends on how BYD does. :)
rfrancis on August 3rd, 2012 06:37 am (UTC)
I bet I could do it in troff!

Who knows, might matter someday.