Friday, November 16, 2012

I Did My Research

Yes I did.

Well not really, since I don't really have much time to read (yes, shame on me). I know what everyone says, you don't have to tell me. "A real writer makes time to read," or "to be a writer, you have to read."

I.

KNOW.

I'm just so busy… ugh.

Anyway, as I was saying. While choosing options on CreateSpace for publishing, I looked at a lot of books. What sizes did I like the best? Which fonts? What would work best for my book?

After putting on my thinking cap and doing some very complex calculations (… like… addition, subtraction, and division…) I came to realize that if my book was 5.25 inches by 8 inches, From the Ashes would be just about the same size as the paperback version of Divergent by Veronica Roth. Just a little thicker, maybe.

So, that turned out to be a good size.

I also had to choose the page color. And after checking many books published by big name publishers, I noticed that ALL of the pages were crème colored. (Or cream colored. I prefer the "cooler" way to say it :) Naturally, I went with crème colored pages.

Then, I went through all the font choices they had, and finally decided on Hoeffler Text Roman. At least, I think it was something like that. I didn't choose a size though, because it always looks different to me on paper than it does on my computer.

Currently, they're working on my cover and interior design. I'm pretty anxious to see how it turns out.

Oh, and I have some VERY special news that I forgot to tell you on Wednesday.

Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh finally became my 395th follower! Thanks so much, Alex! Now, only 5 more to go. How long do you think it'll take me?

Oh, and since I love music so much, I'll leave you with this pretty song I found:



Have an amazing day!

--Jess

9 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I didn't realize it was so complex. This is one advantage of traditional publishing. Someone else makes all those decision. I guess the font thing is something else I'll have to consider. Sigh.

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Congrats on getting Alex, he's a great follower to have. Self-publishing is tough but you seem to be doing it girl. Keep it up.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad you got a handle on it! And five more will come in no time.
You're still welcome to join us today for the blogfest. List is open until tonight.

Angela Brown said...

Yay!! Looks like things are moving along smoothly. One step at a time and then we'll get to see the "I'm Published" post. YAY!

David P. King said...

This is pretty good information, something for me to consider since self publishing might be the route I take as well. Keep it awesome! :)

Rena said...

It sounds to me like you're doing everything right, looking for guidance from them what knows, so good luck. I hope you love your cover!

running4him said...

sounds pretty cool. Cant wait to see it!))

Shallee said...

Wow, that's all so much more complex than I expected! Thanks for sharing your research.

Shannon Lawrence said...

All the things you don't think about when putting a book together, but it sounds like fun! Congrats on your 395th follower!

Shannon at The Warrior Muse

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