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Week 34 – Making It A Book

I enjoy doing things myself.

Being a ‘Jack of All Trades’ is something I’m proud of. I get immense satisfaction from seeing a job through from start to finish.

It’s one of the reasons I chose to become an ‘indy’ self-publishing author; that and the anti-establishment vibe ?

Of course, it’s far easier to do than it was years ago. Knowledge is there for the taking, as are the tools to do the job.

Actually, self-publishing has been around longer than you may think. Jane Austin self-published three of her novels because every publisher she approached rejected her. That said she didn’t do the work herself, she paid someone else, so it doesn’t really count.

It was the development of Print-on-Demand (POD) technology in the early 90s that really marked the start of viable self-publishing .

But it was Amazon’s introduction of the Kindle and the Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) platform in 2007 that changed the game forever.

It’s incredible how much has changed in the 13 years since.

Some say this change has been for the worse. Some say Mr Bezos is the Devil incarnate.

If they’re right, I’m heading for Hell ?

Anyways, back to my work this week.

With the editing finished, I moved on to transforming my 89,000 word manuscript into nicely formatted chapters.

The software I’m using to do that is called ‘Vellum

Here’s a screenshot I took yesterday:

There’s a lot to like about this bit of software.

The preview panel on the right is a big deal. Not only is it possible to see what the formatted book looks like on different devices such as Kindle, Nook and Kobo, but it also renders a print version. As things stand I can see the paperback is going to contain about 300 pages. Coincidentally that’s about the same as ‘A Foolish Odyssey’.

Another fantastic feature is automatic generation of a Table of Contents (TOC) that magically changes if I shift pages or chapters around.

If Jane Austin could see this stuff she’d be in no doubt; I must surely be in league with the Devil!

So, work continues apace, the end is in sight, and don’t forget!




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