Recently I have been working to format my next novel and try and work out the trouble you run into with Kindle Create placing chapters on odd pages automatically, when it is best to start a chapter fresh on the odd page of a novel. Not doing so creates a less professional look to the printed copy of a book for sure, which is the focus of my recent formatting-both of my newest title and for all previous titles that I need to go back and format.
It comes down to page breaks. Setting breaks that will indicate a fresh page helps the book to format much more smoothly. I am experimenting with it now as I really do want to have books that are in print recently.
“I’m an author who’s written 8 books.” I said to the librarians in the town where I finished high school.
“Oh, we would love to have your books for people to read, could you tell us the titles and we will order them.” She looked at me smiling.
“Actually all of my books are e-books. I don’t currently have any in print form.”
She stopped smiling and shrugged.
“That’s too bad really.”
Yes, I thought to myself, it really is too bad. So I have been working to remedy that issue by making the best print edition I can, then doing my part to get the books on the market. I would like to see copies in libraries I frequented while I was younger, not for vanity, but to get the word out to others.
E-books are great because of the fluidity of the formatting options, after all-readers can chose the font, size and background of the text they read, so it is up to me to have the best possible reading experience in the text itself. But books are solid and need to be ‘right’.
Either way these are steps forward in my plans to make myself a soluble writer by age 50. Having solid copies of my books will be as important as their digital forms so I will do my best to offer my books in both. To be honest, I am thankful Kindle Create software makes it so much easier to do this as the Kindle Writer 2 software, that I bought for $45, has no such options and is a lot more cumbersome to use because of the html formatting you need to navigate. And the Kindle Create software is free!
Please, whatever you do, if you love to write-