It’s just an uncorrected proof, but it’s so pretty and I can’t stop petting it.
A short while back I remembered that I still had a NaNoWriMo winner’s coupon to get a free proof copy of my manuscript from CreateSpace, so I used it for this. I wasn’t planning to release Restless Spirits in paperback, mainly because it’s under 60,000 words long, which I figured would amount to a thin enough book that even I wouldn’t be willing to shell out 7 to 10 bucks for it (which is what I’d need to mark it up to in order to make a profit). But now that I’ve actually seen it, it’s substantial enough that I would actually have no qualms about paying that much for a trade paperback of this size. And as I really have nothing to lose by offering it up as a trade paperback… well, why not?
Before I do, there are a few things I need to change. I forgot to replace all of my double-dashes with em-dashes, for one thing, and I also forgot to include cover photo credit. This is why it’s good to order a proof. I think I’ll also upgrade to a better quality of paper. That will eat into my profit margin a little, but it will make it look even more professional and “real,” which will be worth it.
Over all, I’m impressed with the quality of the book, and CreateSpace makes the whole process pretty simple. I’d still like to try LuLu some time for comparison, but for right now I’m thrilled with CreateSpace.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go pet my book some more.