Special Note from November 2015:
After struggling with pagination issues and getting Proof copies back with errors in 2014, early in 2015 I had finally decided to ditch uploading the Word document, and opted instead to upload a saved PDF of the manuscript.
Success! This is definitely the way to go when uploading to CreateSpace! All the text stayed exactly where I had positioned it, with no minute spacing changes which had created the pagination issues early on!
Now that I’ve finished writing the second edition and re-doing the look of the book with brand new formatting, as well as re-doing the cover, I’m very pleased with the finished results I received back!
A PDF of the manuscript is definitely the way to go!
This is also good news for the coloring books and the art journaling workbooks I’m creating! All the artwork will remain intact, and because it’s all black and white line-work, there won’t be additional costs for color printing! …Although when I create my photo books that will be something to consider.
May 14, 2014
For 4 of the 5 proofs I’ve gone through, I’ve ordered extra copies of the book to give out to family and friends.
The first one was the only one I ordered 1 copy, since I didn’t think it would be my final copy, and each time I’ve done my corrections, I ordered a few, hoping it would be my final version.
This process has taken longer than I thought, since Create Space hasn’t worked out to be 100% WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get), and once the book is in hand I can make the corrections needed, even though the digital master seems to show it all being okay.
I suppose it would have been good if I had thought of adding extra lined pages for the reader to write their own thoughts in the book earlier in the process, but more recently I realized I wanted to have a little something extra from the eBook, apart from the physicality of it.
I think that version 5 is the one which I’ll be happy with, so I tried to order 10 copies, so I could give more away, but AGH! I found there is a limit of 5 copies of a proof which can be ordered, so I whittled down my list a little.
Each version has the Proof # written on the inside page, and how many of how many… hmmm that doesn’t make sense… 1 of 4, 2 of 4, etc written, as well as what hasn’t been approved yet. I’ve kept one of each version for myself so I can remember this journey.
I’m waiting to receive my box in the mail with the books to see if this proof is the correct one, and if I can put in up for sale on Amazon!