I had such great feedback from my eBook Release Checklist post, that I created one for a paperback release! Because my time is limited, I choose to hire typesetting out to Chris Bell with Atthis Arts. Check out his guest post: How to Typeset Your Self Published Book Like A Pro. Any of you who do your own paperback formatting with have a different list. (One for a future post, maybe? Let me know if you want it!)
This is what it looks like on my end.
Again: this may not be comprehensive. If I forget something, feel free to leave a comment.
The Paperback Checklist
—Preview my finalized, proofread, multi-level-edited manuscript to make sure it’s perfect.
—Contact typesetter Chris Bell with Atthis Arts and ask him to send me a document with styles preset for my book. This is a very important step I underestimated and didn’t fully understand at first. (More on that here, here, here, and here.)
—Apply Microsoft Word Styles to the document per his instructions while combing through manuscript after final proofread/copy edits for one last check.
—Write copy for back matter (AKA— About the Author, preview for next book, etc)
—Send manuscript, ISBN numbers, title banner, and back matter to typesetter.
—Grab a Diet Wild Cherry Pepsi and prepare myself to gather the full cover materials.
—Go to Bookow for barcode on the back of the cover.
—Type in the 13 digit paperback ISBN—The Bookland and NOT the DPI option—and choose the 90000 option. (I do not set a price in my barcode because I don’t want to have to contact my cover designer to change the cover if I change my price. Also allows bookstores more flexibility to not have a set price). Click here and here for more on that.
—Go to Createspace Templates page and build a template according to final word count. (I consider about 300 words per page. So take total word count, divide by 300, and add a few pages.) This enables the cover designer to allow for spine width.
—Write blurb copy
—Send blurb copy to beta readers
—Perfect blurb copy.
—Send barcode, template, and blurb to cover designer.
—Wait for the magic. With brownies.
—Upload ebooks in the meantime.
—When full spread cover and interior for paperback return, (for my team, a turnaround of 3-4 days) load both into Createspace.
—I have used white paper in the past, but currently opt for cream. (I suggest cream). This is associated with ISBN. You can’t just change it later.
—Track keywords/categories on my spreadsheet on Google Drive.
—Do all the other things listed on my ebook release checklist.
The End of the List
Definitely a different process, but not vastly different. Paying a typesetter to do my interiors has not only paid off in quality (they. are. stunning.) but time. It’s one less skill I have to master that takes away from content creation and writing.
And one less thing for me to worry about.
Do you format your own paperback, or are you wanting to get a typesetter? [header 2]
Let me know if you have questions in the comments!