Wednesday, 4 March 2015

IWSG

It's Insecure Writer's Support Group time again.

My current security is 'Over the Garden Fence' a collection of 24 short stories I'm in the process of putting together. The writing/editing part is mostly done and it's due to be sent of to the proofreader in a few days. They'll be typos, I know, but they can be fixed.

What's making me insecure is a) dealing with all the formatting and the sfotware to make it available through Createspace and on Kindle. Mirrored margins, non embedded text and weird reactions to section breaks are enough to make anyone, other than computer whizzes, insecure. I'm not a computer whizz.

An b) is the video question. I made this mad one for my last collection. Should I do another? Before you answer, consider the title and the fact I might have to cartwheel, or at least leap, over a garden fence.

Oh and obviously c) will anyone buy it?




36 comments:

  1. Patsy, I'll buy it.
    Can't help with the formatting.
    And would it be wrong if I said I want to see you leap over a garden fence?

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    1. Thanks, Alex. I think I have the formatting sussed now - thanks to help from several people.

      If I do leap, I'll let you know.

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  2. You could just peer wistfully over a garden fence? No jumping required for that.

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    1. Good idea, Frances. Peering wistfully is within my capabilities.

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  3. I've done some freelance editing to prep titles for Kindle, but it certainly is a challenge. Even if you follow all the steps, sometimes it still doesn't go perfectly.

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    1. Challenge is right, Bob! I shan't let it beat me though.

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  4. I'm with Frances. And I have no idea how to do ANYTHING technical, so I empathize. Good luck to you!

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  5. When I self-publish, I know I'll need lots of help.

    I think a lot of people will buy your collection. And the cover is beautiful!

    Best of luck!

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    1. I can tell you a few mistakes to avoid, Chrys!

      I'm very pleased with the cover. It's not my work I confess, but knowing our limitations is almost a skill, isn't it?

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  6. I found the templates that Createspace provides very helpful. I'm sure I'd have got tied up if I'd started from scratch.

    Go on, leap over the fence ;-)

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    1. It was the template which was giving me most of my problems, Annalisa! I got on better without it. Maybe I justlike to make things difficult?

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  7. Good luck with the proofreading, Patsy. I'm sure someone can help you with the software (not me, as I've no experience in these things). Really enjoyed the video. That was your garden, of course?

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    1. Sadly not my graden, Charlie. Mine has, I like to think, a similar cottage garden look, but it's far smaller. The garden is local, cared for by volunteers and open to the public (there's an honesty box for donations from visitors and the money used to help with the upkeep)

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  8. I like Createspace, it's very simple compared to others. The Kindle part didn't work perfectly on one of my books - spacing started out a little screwed up, but it was probably my fault I'll do a second edition one of these days to straighten it out. Good luck..

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    1. Using tabs messes up the spacing I discovered, Oscar. Once I worked out how to get rid of them it looked better.

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  9. Hi Patsy, I love the cover. Createspace is pretty user friendly.
    Much, much success with this.

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    1. The good thing about Createspace, Sandra is that I can keep uploading the document, seeing how it looks, changing it and trying again until I'm happy.

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  10. If there is anything specific you're stuck on, Patsy - let me know and I'll ask my lovely techie hubby who did mine through CreateSpace.

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    1. Thank you, Wendy. That's kind. The latest triel run looked fine, but if it all goes horribly wrong in the final stages I'll take you up on that.

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    2. The problem we found was getting the writing centralised on the spine - also it was only once we'd got the proof that we realised the font needed to be bigger.

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    3. What size font did you use, Wendy?

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  11. Hi Patsy,
    Formatting drives me nuts too, at least you're prepared for it rather than having it impede your pressing of the 'publish' button.
    With regard to the garden fence - could you employ a body-double? (I'm thinking of that 'flashdance' moment here ;) )
    All the best,
    Angie

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    1. There's a plan, Angela. Wonder if I have any friends who're both athletic and gullible?

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  12. Reading the book leant over a garden face is adequate, Patsy, no point risking injury. :-)

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    1. I certainly don't want to make a dusaster movie, Carol!

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  13. Lovely cover. Just lean over the garden fence for a good gossip with your neighbour.

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  14. Sounds like a very steep learning curve, but I'm sure you'll sort it out.
    A video? Of course, imagine if it went viral on YouTube!
    But you've also chosen a very eye-catching cover there - I'm already thinking it will look lovely on my Kindle shelf.

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    1. Oh, it'll look fab on your kindle, Linda! (says she who's not yet entirely sure how she'll get the cover to show on kindles)

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  15. I haven't tried formatting yet, but it's on the cards for me to attempt this year... eeek! Wishing you the best for yours.
    I like the idea of seeing you cartwheel over a garden fence ;)

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    1. I don't think the formatting is that difficult, Lynda - I just have a talent for making it seem that way. I expect the same thing would happen with cartwheels.

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  16. Face your fears, better to fail than to have never tried, and you have so much to gain. Regards the video, I like the idea, just watched your other one and its quirky. You could always lean over your gate and eavesdrop on a conversation. And lastly, will anyone buy it, of course they will...

    Just do it!

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    1. If you mean the writing and formatting fears rather than the acrobatic ones, I'm facing up to them, Maria! (They're glaring back, but I'm quite good at staring contests)

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  17. Formatting for Createspace causes everyone to pull out their hair. Once you get the hang of it, write everything down so you remember next time. That's the voice of experience. LOL

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    1. Thanks, Diane. Good idea - I'll make a note of the key points.

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Thanks so much for commenting!