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!