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Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

by Anura Guruge

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I am old fashioned when it comes to books. As such I like to see my book in print even though I fully appreciate that the market for printed books is in decline. Thanks to Amazon’s “CreateSpace” (and others of its ilk) getting a title for ‘Print on Demand‘ costs nothing — if you do all the work (which I do). So as soon as I had the Kindle version published (along with three updates) I started working on the print version.

I wrote both the “Pope John: 101 Facts & Trivia” and “Popes: 101 Facts & Trivia” in print format rather than the free-flow, ‘no-formatting-to-speak-of’ form required by Kindle eBooks. I like tightly formatted books and as such writing in print format is more satisfying to me. And that is what counts. So once the book is finished I have to create the Kindle version by copying and pasting my formatted version into a freeflow document. To me that is easier than the other way around — i.e., adding formatting to the freeflow version.

So after the Kindle I am 80% there in terms of the print version BAR the index! I now have a semi-automated method for creating my ‘Partial Index’. I use the very powerful search capability of Adobe Acrobat to find all the occurrences of the terms I want to include in the ‘Partial Index’. But it still takes me about two days to get the index done.

I had the Kindle version up on Amazon on Wednesday night, September 17, 2014 — ahead of the Scottish referendum. Had the print version ready Saturday night — ahead of us going to the Highland Games, in Loon, on Sunday. Given that this is the 10th book I have published through CreateSpace I have learned that it just does not pay to submit your book for THEIR ‘Print Review’ over a weekend! Yes, they work 24 x 7 BUT invariably they have their “C-team” working over the weekends — and I also suspect that they get a lot of books submitted for review over weekends. I have found that the best time for getting a “CLEAN” print-review is Monday nights. So I submitted the book Monday afternoon. Yesterday, Tuesday morning, I had the Green Light. And bingo.

It was on Amazon within an hour of me approving the digital proof. That is quick. Then late last night I send a quick “please/thank you” note to Kindle asking them to link the titles — because I don’t have the patience to wait for the 72-hours or so it takes for this to happen if it is done automatically. Kindle is good to me. They linked it … by this morning … and send me a ‘smile’ e-mail saying ‘done’.

So that is where we are. The Kindle book has already sold a few copies. That is nice. I am happy. Now for the next book — though I am TRYING to FORCE myself into giving myself a couple of days break before starting. It is hard. I have to write. It is an addiction.

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