Self-publishing with KDP: Last year Amazon’s self-publishing platform, Createspace, surrendered to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). Amazon made this change before KDP was really ready but now it’s fantastic.
One of the most annoying and complicated aspects of the process with Createspace (and originally with KDP) was getting a cover design that worked. KDP offers templates but since I do an entire cover myself, they’re not very useful to me. BUT KDP now allows an author to edit the cover on its platform to make it fit. Unlike Creatspace, where an author had to have exactly right sized cover art to fit, KDP makes a lot of adjustments within its platform to fit cover art to a book’s interior. For example, Createspace might require that cover art be 13.75 x 9.25 inches (or something) while KDP can take 14 x 9.7 inch cover art and fit it to the project. This is pretty arcane, but if you’ve been there, you know…
I haven’t built an eBook with this new KDP platform, but I will. They offer to translate a paperback file to Kindle. In the past, this was lame and made a Kindle book that my vast quantity of readers complained about. While I have read books via the Kindle app on my phone and iPad, I don’t like it and don’t have a feel for the experience. I rely on others to tell me. To make a more readable ebook, I used iBook to build eBook files and uploaded it to Kindle. This worked fine and garnered no complaints. Maybe KDP has also improved the platform for transferring a paperback file to Kindle. . More arcane stuff that might be totally irrelevant so….
China book: I’ve done all the suggested edits to the China book and now my editor has it again. The coolest thing about her remarks was, “Add more poetry.” I guess I must be old because I never expected to hear that in my entire life and now I’ve lived long enough to hear/read it. 😉 I changed the cover to reflect the way illustrations will be integrated into the stories. Since the slides were the secondary inspiration and foundation of the story, I figured out a way to make the idea of old slides part of the book without writing a lot about that (boring). I’m excited to see how a book with color illustrations will turn out. I’m not even sure how to do it.
Teddy Bear T. Dog Update: This little guy is GREAT. He is hilarious to watch play with Bear; he loves learning new things; he’s affectionate, fun to be with, optimistic and forgiving. He’s learning (finally) to walk with the head collar.
Yesterday I got to watch Bear and Teddy play something like hide’n’seek. Bear stood under a lilac bush. Teddy came racing around it, jumped on her head, fell backwards and got up. It was so funny. Bear has infinite patience with him, and when she’s tired of him, she just doesn’t respond. Lots of lessons in training a puppy that Cesar Milan never came up with, I think. The combination of herding dog (Teddy) and livestock guardian dog (Bear) is perfect. I guess herdsmen have known that forever.
Right now I’m working on teaching Teddy not to freak out when he’s left alone. I put him in my room (where he sleeps) when I walk Dusty and Bear. There’s a lot of doggerwauling (caterwauling of the canine variety) but when we come home he’s asleep. He doesn’t destroy anything, a common problem for Aussies with separation anxiety. He is learning that not everyone ties him up and leaves him behind.
While Teddy might go to California, he might go to Georgia, for all his breezy flying around the yard, I think Teddy wants to stay home.