Just when I thought it was safe to go in the water…

I wasn’t expecting a bombshell yesterday, but that’s what I got.

Why is it that every time I think I am getting somewhere, something always happens to smack me upside the head?

This year I have been busy upgrading our books. New covers and blurbs and a thorough pass through Grammarly when it occurred to me that I needed to upgrade the print books on our bookshelf too. So I bought a paperback copy of my first book, Nine Lives. This is something I always used to do as proof positive that our books are as good as I can make them. Good to see them in print anyway.

It arrived yesterday morning, and it looks awful. I was so disappointed. The formatting is all wrong. The text is squashed on the page, and the margins are practically non-existent. Add to this, there are many blank pages.

Now, I know how to format a paperback book and haven’t changed the system I use, so these errors must be down to Amazon.

After nearly losing my mind and my temper, shortly followed by the overwhelming desire to run away and become a nun. All that work for nothing; did I really want to start all over again?

My first question was, if I cannot trust my old method any more, how am I supposed to get it right?

I wondered about Scrivener. They format your books, but I haven’t been able to learn enough about it. And Lord knows I have tried!

Funnily enough, and I’m not laughing, not inside, but just for a laugh, I read Amazon’s guidelines. They were the same as I remembered and how I always formatted our books. So what the dickens was going on?

So, I now have a new list. All I have to do now is find a truckload of patience to go with it…

Wish me Luck!

34 thoughts on “Just when I thought it was safe to go in the water…

  1. Oye! What a nightmare. I can’t offer any cures as I detest formatting and always hire that part out. Ask around, many authors are pros at this, and have a look at the Kindlepreneur’s page, always full of help on every subject. <3

  2. Drat. If you get this comment twice, it’s the cat’s fault. He just walked all over the keyboard. Ah well. What I was going to say was commiserations. I feel your pain. 🙁

  3. Took a whole week off work to get my second book amazon ready….step by step tutorials got me there eventually but must have submitted it half a,dozen times….

    Good luck!

  4. That’s very strange. Presumably the file you sent them was approved before the book went live? I made some small corrections to one of my books a few years ago. Amazon was incredibly fussy about the margins and kept flagging errors until I adjusted the margin sizes.
    Have a look at your document and if it looks find, re-submit it and see what the Amazon quality checking bots tell you.

  5. How dreadful. And Amazon is almost impossible to speak to. If you followed their guidelines, they should sort it. But when did ‘ought to’ apply to Amazon?

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