Putting out the Kindle version is much easier than the paperback – I just adapted my InDesign files. It’s important to remember that the Kindle will flow your text however it wants to, depending on the size of the Kindle, the size the user has chosen for the fonts, and the settings you specify. In other words, you have much less control over how it looks than you did when setting up the paperback. Continue reading
All that remains is to tell Lightning Source about your book and upload the files. To do this, log in to Lightning Source and choose “Set up a new title” from the “My Library” drop-down menu. Most of the form, and the screens that follow, is self-explanatory. However, here are some things to bear in mind… Continue reading
I believe in doing everything myself, even though it would almost certainly have been cheaper, quicker and easier to pay someone else to design the cover, lay the text out and then send me the files in the correct format. If you’re like me, here’s what you need to know. Continue reading
The minimum number you can buy is ten, which costs £118.68. To do so, go to http://www.isbn.nielsenbook.co.uk/controller.php?page=123, download the application form by clicking on the link at the bottom of the screen and fill it in. You need to answer easy questions about your new publishing house (a breeze after Lightning Source), give them credit card details and also fill in a page about the first book you will publish. There are two slightly tricky things here. Continue reading
You need to sign up at Lightning Source’s website (www.lightningsource.com) by clicking Register and then Proceed to our new account page. Within a couple of days, you will get an email from one of their people asking some questions: Continue reading
In the US, you can use Amazon’s CreateSpace, and that’s probably what I’ll do if I decide to make my book available over there. In the UK, the only real option is Lightning Source.
Before Robin Saikia told me about Lightning Source, I was planning to use Lulu, but I was already getting a bit frustrated with them and looking around for alternatives. The problems with Lulu were: Continue reading
I’ve written a short guide that I hope will be helpful to people – like me – who want their novel to be available in paperback and on Kindle, looking as much like a professionally published book as possible. The process has been much more complicated and confusing than I thought possible, as well as being a fair bit more expensive than I expected. But I set out to do this properly, and I’ve tried to stick to that. Continue reading
Being murdered is a surprisingly effective way of losing weight.
The thought would never have occurred to Sarah Morecambe if she had not recently been stabbed to death in her own kitchen. Blood, for example, is remarkably heavy. A good, deep stab wound can take half a stone off you in a couple of minutes. And then there’s the famous 21 grammes that the soul weighs. It’s not much, but every little helps. Continue reading