Saturday, October 23, 2010

The Life of an Indie Publisher

When my partners and I first took on this Indie Publisher venture with G8Press, it was smooth sailing . . . well not quite, but the winds were cooperating with us. Our first projects included simple cookbooks. We had to keep them mini-like books (not in book size, but page wise), because those printing costs for full color books can seriously eat away at the profits. Our first cookbook is doing pretty well from our eStore. On Amazon, we managed to get a few other "bookstores" interested enough to buy it. Though we 're not quite sure what that all entails. We're waiting to see.

In any case, our next big project has just been a challenge. But this Indie Publisher will move forward. The proof copy just came in the mail and it looks like we'll need to spend another full day at work to get it print ready. Since it's a text/manual school book (for high school and the college freshman), we opted for a larger sized book as students will be writing in it. The challenge; margins don't look right, some pages were only half filled with text, and lines were bold. Easily fixed? Do-able, but lot's of work since images are all text boxes which will appear very funky if you move margins. But move them we shall.

Also, our beautiful cover is not centered correctly. There's a very annoying white line across the top of the front and back cover (about 1/8 of an inch). Of course, we'll have to call the printer and ask them what's up with that. Pretty much out of our control. Monday should be fun!

I'm not complaining, mind you. After all, this is my dream job and I am thankful for the authors that have come our way and entrusted us with their "Babies." More than ten babies, including a few novels, a poetry collection, a couple of non-fiction and more cookbooks (Living Raw), are out of the cradle, so to speak. We're taking care of your projects like we birthed them ourselves. Let's see where the Lord takes us!

"Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed." (Proverbs 16:3 NIV)

Debby A.

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