Jun. 21st, 2016

clhollandwriter: (marchin)
Once your book is finished, it's time to upload your file.

Both CreateSpace and Lulu start will start you off with entering the details for your project (title, author) and selecting things like trim size. Once this is set up there are a couple of options to upload your file.

You can upload regular Word documents (doc, docx, rtf) and also PDFs. (Image files are also an option, but I'm assuming text here.) PDFs are generally more useful if your book contains a lot of images, tables, or special fonts, because they can be embedded and their location in the document is fixed and less likely to be messed up in a conversion. I have to admit, I've never done this so have no idea of the process. If your book is solely text, a Word document should work fine.

When you upload a Word document the site converts it into a PDF "print ready file". Be aware that if you didn't set your trim size when formatting your document, the site will resize it to fit what you chose when setting up the project. This will mess up your page count and table of contents, as well as the pages new chapters or stories start on. You can download and review the file, which I really recommend as it will allow you to pick up any errors that have crept through either when making the document or during  the conversion. If you're not happy, tweak the original document and upload again. Once you're happy you can proceed to publication.

Both sites will walk you through the process:the details; pricing; uploading the cover or using the on-site designer; uploading your file. It's easy enough if you follow the steps.

One of the steps is choosing your distribution channels, which I'll look at next time.

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