Someone smart needs to tell me what I’m missing. Or if you’re not that smart, but still know what I’m missing, that’s okay too. I won’t know the difference.
I built a ton of time into my workplan for CreateSpace formatting. That’s because everyone told me what a nightmare it would be to do myself, especially this first time. I am prepared for a long haul.
So here’s how I started the haul. I picked a trim size. (5×8, a conclusion I reached after exhaustive market study, or, by grabbing a few of my favorite trade paperbacks off the shelf and measuring them.) I downloaded their template for that trim size. I copied and pasted all my chapters into that template. I uploaded the file. Then I looked at their interior reviewer.
And: it looks pretty much like a book. It’ll need tweaking. I don’t like how I formatted the couple bits of verse that are in there. (That’s because I just put them in italics and called it a day.) And it’s not very fancy, to be sure. I may do something interesting with the chapter titles. But that seems like kind of minor stuff, no? Where’s this nightmare I was warned about?
The best I can figure is, this interior reviewer is a trick that makes me think it looks like a book, but when I get the proof in the mail, it’ll actually look like someone’s Aunt Nancy made it herself in the craft nook in the corner of her basement. Because craft nooks are certainly scary, and BAD THINGS ALWAYS HAPPEN IN BASEMENTS.
So tell me, experienced friends. What horrible things are about to come out of the basement? Will I need a can of bug spray? Protective herbs? Galoshes? What are your CreateSpace formatting tips?