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Indie Life – my biggest hurdle so far.


I’m going to be honest today.

And I find it so ironic/amusing/strange that this one aspect of self-publishing has thrown me off since the beginning. Looking at all we have to learn and put into action to publish a book, I’d think ebook formatting would be the one to cause a ripple in my calm exterior surface. But no.

It’s putting a book into print.

That’s right.

I’ve justified for over a year why my books aren’t in print. The fact that print is just a fraction of sales is my top reason, and a rather good one too. Nothing wrong with just digital.

I’d read posts about getting books into as many venues as possible for exposure…etc. And I’d still justify. One huge factor led me to this strange hurdle that only now I’m mustering up the gusto to leap over.

I had a powerful program (Indesign) and I haven’t been able to get past the learning curve. Yet. I will eventually. And when I do? I know creating the print PDF will be a snap. But I don’t have the time to invest right now.

So why am I playing with print now?

I’m attending an author festival in Maine. I have my middle grade to sell but I can also bring my YA books to sell on my own. I’m using this opportunity to force myself over this hurdle.

And then I found this video by India Drummond. She explains the process of transforming your word doc. into a print-ready PDF. Step by step.

I watched it and realized. I. Can. Do. This.

Head over to the Indelible blog and visit everyone participating in Indie Life this month!


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