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A Book Made Real

The author copies of A Foolish Escape finally arrived on Friday – What a relief!

I’d done everything I could to make sure the paperback version would be of good quality. Amazon prints the books from an uploaded print-ready PDF document. Producing that PDF is probably one of the hardest technical challenges for a self-publisher like me.

The cover PDF has to be set out to match not only the overall dimensions of the book but also the thickness (number of pages).

The interior layout PDF has to be correct with regards to margins, alternating pages and headings, images have to be in the right place.

There’s only so much you can do on screen, it’s not until you get the finished product in your hands you can be sure all is well.

I’m very happy to say that it is.

I’m also very happy (and humbled) that only 10 days after release I’ve received ten ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ratings/reviews on Amazon.

Some say an author shouldn’t pay too much attention to reviews; I don’t subscribe to that view.

Because for me, reviews are the only way to know if I’ve done a decent job. I need to know if I’ve told my story well, if I’ve connected with the reader, if I’ve changed their thinking a little.

Knowing these things guides my writing and allows me to improve as an author. So please, if you read the book, let me know what you thought about it. If you’d prefer not to do it via Amazon that’s fine, you can email me direct. Either way I’ll be grateful.

In other news I’ve started work on a blueprint for my first fiction novel. If you read last weeks post you’ll know I’ve decided to have a shot at NaNoWriMo starting 1st November.

After going back through my collection of books about writing ( a scary number of them!), I’ve decided to use this one as my guide.

One week in I’m enjoying the process. I have the seed of an idea, I have a vague notion of the characters, I’m pretty sure I know where the story will be set.

More on that next week.

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