If you know me at all you’ll know just how much I hate book formatting. It’s been the bane of my Indie Author existence for a good two years now. I like it about as much as I like gardening, and well the truth is, I kill plants, much the same way I make your eyes bleed when I attempt to format a book.
That was, until Rachel Thompson wrote a cute little blog article about self publishing, and mentioned things you need to outsource for. I was surprised to see book formatting on that list.
Why? Because Amazon has this 8 easy steps to formatting a kindle book guide and I treated it like the holy grail of ebook formatting.
I soon found out I was sorely mistaken. While on the hunt to find someone who could add page numbers to my paperbacks, I decided to have the same person check out my ebook, just to make sure it was on the level. It’s kind of like when you take your car to the mechanic thinking, “I put oil and gas in it, I take it to the car wash, it should be fine.”
Needless to say, my ebook wasn’t “fine”. Dafeenah, my book formatting ninja told me point blank that she would have to “start from scratch because there was so much useless code in there it was impossible to weed through.” Which is the same thing as my mechanic saying, “Your alternator is busted, you need new carbon air filters, and there’s something wrong with your power steering, we have to replace all of this, and it’s going to cost you 1200.”
Dafeenah even added the, “I can fix it, but it’s up to you.” Also something I’ve heard my mechanic say.
And my response to Dafeenah was the same as my response to my mechanic. “Ugh, just fix it.”
Why? Because you can’t drive a broken car, much the same way you can’t read a messed up ebook.
And this leads me to the good news. Dafeenah is done with SURRENDER. I uploaded it last night. It’s pretty. It’s got the map and the interior illustrations the paperback has. It’s AWESOMESAUCE. AND it’ll be 0.99 cents until I feel like making 2.00 a book instead of 35 cents.