Thursday, January 12, 2012


Got some proofs in the mail today. I haven't gone through them, but I'm just happy that the covers turned out, because I got error messages on both of them.

Why did I also include photos of unrelated TPBs? To show that the size I chose, 8 x 5.25" is the closest to actual TPB size. I wish Createspace offered 8.25 x 5.25 or 5.5, but they don't, and 8.5 is too tall. 8 x 5.25" is the only standard TPB size they offer (both of the above books are that size). A lot of people go with 9 x 6". That's hardcover size, so it looks weird unless it's like 700 pages. And why would you want your page count to be low? To make more money off paper sales? How many paper books do you sell versus e sales lost due to low page count? The only reason I made these is so that Amazon will replace their too-low estimate of Psychomancer and Blood Tells True, which I know is hurting my sales.

Everyone has their reasons, but 8 x 5.25" makes sense to me.

From what I heard, if you don't use Createspace (meaning if you go with Lightning Source), your page count doesn't get corrected. I don't know if that's true or not.

PS I got these after reading Helen Hanson's post, which explains how Createspace has repeatedly messed up the cover of her most recent effort, due to what I believe is the same error message I got. I got lucky.


  1. I went with the 8.5 x 5.5 on mine. Believe it or not I had to go check because I'm such a scatterbrain. When I made my choice it was between the 8 and 8.5 size and I went back and forth about it for a couple of days. I ended up measuring all of the paperbacks on my shelf and trying to figure out which size was the most comfortable to read for me. I feel like you can use a slightly bigger font on the 8.5 as well, which I like.

    I've actually sold more paper copies so far than I ever imagined I would. I'm at 10 even right now, which I didn't expect. Not flying off the shelves certainly, but that's 10 people I would have reached otherwise. Okay, 9. One was bought by an old high school friend who likes to be supportive. :)

    1. I do have a rare few tpbs that are 8.5 high, so I vacillated a bit. As you can tell, I broke out the ruler, too!

      A bigger font size is actually a really good reason. I've thought that I wouldn't mind doing mine at 12 pt (instead of 11 with 1.15 spacing), and I think I'd have to go up in size to 8.5 x 5.5 to do it.

  2. I've not done the self-published 'physical' thang as yet. Unsure as yet whether to leap in...

    1. I like having the paper copies. With these last two, there was just always some more worthwhile way to spend my time until Amazon pulled the "estimated pages" thing. But I don't think there are any drawbacks if you have the time to invest in learning the formatting (which is about as complex as the e-equivalent).

      But I wonder about the factors an international situation brings up.