I bet you wondered what happened to me when no blog post showed up n Monday. Well, I was a bit busy learning how to design a book in Adobe InDesign. I was going to try and hire a designer, but I had the program and I used to do a ton of design work “back in the day” when I had Pagemaker. I was trained to do design work in college and was required to do design for many of my jobs. So, I figured it was time to tackle this program and see if I couldn’t lay out two small book projects.
Now, I probably didn’t save money–not if I calculated my hourly rate versus what I would have paid a designer for a 60-page book. However, I learned a new skill and turned an e-book into a p-book. Plus, the e-book was originally 10-days worth of blog posts. So, that work got recycled as well. (Neat!)
I even created a cover, but I still need it to wrap to the back. For this reason, I’m bailing and handing things over to a designer. She can check my cover, tweak it, and create the spine and back cover, producing the art I need to upload to the printer.
Given that this book is small in size–it will either by 4″ x 6″ or 4.125″ x 6.875″ (I produced both), I’m not sure where I’m printing it. I was aiming for CreateSpace–cheap and quick, I thought, but the size could be a problem. I can’t get anyone on the phone; that IS a problem. Lightning Source will take too long, since I never completed the process of setting up my account, and I didn’t even check if they do these sizes. I can’t find an affordable tip book company. (Anyone know one?). My booklet printer doesn’t do these sizes. I’m considering a company called 48hrbooks.com, because I need the book by June 24 at the latest, and they do the larger of the two sizes. That’s less than three weeks from now.
I have one more project I want to produce quickly, and I am considering redoing a few of my booklets as well in that time frame. I’m not sure I can do it, though. Now I don’t have to wait for a designer–although I might still need one to get all this work done. Anyone know a fast, inexpensive–available–book designer?
Anyway, the lesson to you: Be willing to learn new skills. You might be glad you did.