I’ve recently had the ‘pleasure’ of formatting print versions of The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories through Createspace, and the first draft of my fantasy/murder mystery novel Murder and Mittens, through Lulu. If I thought that formatting ebooks was fiddly and time-consuming – print books are much worse! Even though I had templates supplied from both Lulu and Createspace, it has taken much longer than I thought to get them to an acceptable standard.
The bottom line is once again, I can see why so many authors prefer traditional publishing and wonder why I put myself through this especially as I have also read that self publishing authors usually don’t make much on printed books. It is making me seriously think that next time, I will consider paying someone to format a print book for me and save myself a huge amount of time.
Although when I received the printed copies of the draft Murder and Mittens, I did feel a warm glow even if I did immediately spot some errors with the formatting. I am looking forward to receiving a proof copy of The Little Book of Quirky Christmas Stories and seeing the cover in the flesh, so to speak.
I will try to do a post soon comparing using Createspace and Lulu.