My books are in print!

But I still wasn’t happy with them… Why? Three reasons:

  1. I forgot to put in a gutter in all my files which means the text inside is awfully close to the spine. You almost have to press the book open with an iron to be able to read it properly. That doesn’t do much for your reading pleasure (which it is all about).
  2. The titles on the spine are centered between my name and the Suckers logo, but because they are all of different length, it looks higgledypiggledy. I don’t like it. I didn’t realize this until I had all four books in my hands. I suppose it would be okay if the titles were all of a different length, but the title of Book 1 is long and the other two are short but still of a different length. I can’t live with that.
  3. The text of the blurb on the back cover is set extremely high on the cover. It looks unprofessional. When you are putting it on the page on InDesign, you have the typeset safety margin and the bleed around it, so it doesn’t look that bad.

Consequences:

  1. I had to put in a gutter in all of my text documents.
  2. This meant all the text was squeezed in a bit and all the documents became longer, with more pages.
  3. This, in turn, meant that all the covers had bigger spines, and I had to download new cover templets for them and re-do the layout for each one of them. This was okay, as I had to re-do them anyway, but it was still annoying that I had to start from scratch instead of just lowering the text on the backs of the covers.

So, forgetting something as simple as a gutter affected not only my content file, but also my cover. I should’ve followed my own formatting file more closely! Now I need to pay £25 for every file I need to change, i.e. costing me £200! But, and this is a big but, the books will be of professional quality, and I will be happy to promote them 🙂 .

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