I have discovered, over time, that my books tend to have different requirements due to their nature (part photography and part writing). This has been working out mostly well with Amazon, but other formats aren’t as easy. So, I’ve experimented with various things and then hit upon the idea of constructing my own EPUB. This has had varying levels of success. I think I’m finally figuring out the program. Before this, it created stress for me and the other book publishers that I use. So, now working with EPUB for other formats may be the answer to everyone’s stress.
This is an exciting and difficult field. When you are on a limited budget, you get to wear a lot of different hats. I have also gotten some feedback on book covers and going forward have some interesting changes to make. My latest book is exploratory and revolutionary in that it takes positive realism into children’s literature.
I find that even when you follow all the ‘rules’ for particular formats (even the EPUB), they don’t tend to do exactly what you want. There are methods to get it to do what you want and you have to search high and low for them. So, my newest book is both initial foray into something new and into a new method of delivery, for me at least.
I still have to get the other formats up, but at this point, Amazon has my latest release which is: The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers . I have a series in mind. I’ve already started the second in the series. I expect it to be better than the first. I’m learning along the way. Things that work and don’t work. I may redo some stuff in the older books as I find out some things I was doing in error.
Self-publishing (and I use that word loosely because I use publishing companies), I do all the work myself from the covers, to the documents, and now adding my own EPUB. I plan to be in it for the long term and since I am constructing different projects, it’s about time I take responsibility for the finished product as well.
Be realistically unrealistic and be all that you can be while making sure that your work of art shows in the way you want it to. If you have different requirements than average, you will have work to do. Remember, you are the artist, you are the author, you are the creator of your art. If you are on a limited budget, then you are the owner, operator and creative driving force behind your own work. Be proud of the work you do and treat it like it is worth the work. If you can afford someone else to do the work for you, you can get things done appropriately, and then you’re further ahead. If not, and you have to do it all yourself, then prepare to have to learn a lot of new things and do a lot of difficult work. It doesn’t just end with writing your manuscript.
If people wonder why not everyone becomes an author, it’s because it is hard work. No one gets a free pass. You have to do the creative writing work and your work become a part of who you are. After the creative stage, either you wear a lot of hats or you hire someone to do the rest. I’m sure hiring out is less stress overall.
Having to do it all myself gives me a greater appreciation of the amount and types of work that are necessary to publish a book. I respect the work that is done. Most books are straight forward. Mine have specific requirements and if I want them met, then I have to do the extra work included.
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