What I anticipated about self publishing a children's book: the hard work.
What I didn't anticipate about self publishing: the frustration.
Sure, I expected to be frustrated to a degree, because I have the patience of an ADHD kid when it comes to learning a new skill, but I guess I hadn't expected to be hitting so many roadblocks and having to make so many adjustments.
Because, unlike with print publishing a novel, there is a lot more at stake for the interior.
The colours have to be just right.
The size (in inches) of each image has to be just right.
The pixel size of each image has to be just right.
The text has to fit in just right.
And the bleed of each image on each page has to be just right.
Upload without all of these intact and you end up with alerts when you come to view your upload.
About a week ago, I did it. I successfully created and uploaded a file that the printer accepted.
Then I ordered a copy to proof.
And wasn't happy with the darkness of the images*.
*Note to self: images come out much darker in print than they appear on your pdf proof.
So I went back to the drawing board, so to speak. Found a better camera. Retook all the images to a better quality. Was a lot more careful about any adjustments I made once I had them in Photoshop. And then inserted them into exactly the same template for the book size that I'd used the last time I created my file for uploading,
Except, when I uploaded the file to the printer last night, they told me there wasn't enough bleed.
The rational part of my brain is telling me I must have altered something without realising and that I should contact them for advice so I can figure out what it is (p.s. I have done this).
The irrational part of my brain is yelling 'Waaaaaaaaaaaahn! What the hoolah is WRONG with this???? I did EVERYTHING right! Waaaaaaahn!'
So ... the short message of this blog post is: It's a learning curve.
My cover reveal IS coming.
The Rabbit With Terrible Habits IS coming.
I just have some adjustments to make and then some announcements will be made and I can move onto the next project.
Did I mention that? The next project? Yeah, that one's currently under early stages of construction, too. ;)
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