Thursday, April 7, 2011

I just spoke to the printers.

The Australian trade paperback edition of Danann Frost Embraces the Darkness will be 380 pages, on cream stock, with 240gsm cover stock. They're sending me the spine thickness today, so I'll be able to complete the cover, and I'm sending them a pre-production copy of the bookblock PDF and a copy of the cover from Australian edition of Danann Frost Falls from Grace (can't do the new book's cover until I have the spine dimensions) so they can see if my standards and theirs have any overlap :-)

Once that's all sorted I'll be able to look at the overseas version, at least four different e-book versions, and an e-book version of DFFfG for a different sales channel. I'm hoping that the overseas paperback will be able to use the same dimensions as the Australian one, which will make life a lot easier.

The page count on this new one is 380. The last book was 402 pages for the print-on-demand edition, and 392 pages for the Australian edition in a slightly larger trim size (6.02" x 9.21", instead of 6" x 9"). Don't let that fool you, though - the word-count on the new book is actually a little higher, the formatting is a little tighter (and I think better) and we've somehow lucked out with this book having less blank space at the ends of chapters.

So... things are moving along very nicely. 


  1. So, why do you have to make 4 different versions of the eBooks? Guido Henkel's guide supposedly works for all distribution channels ( Are you doing a lot of inlined images or something? Or are you actually making different language versions available or something?

  2. (Aaaargh! Necro-posting on my own blog... sorry Rex, I've been pre-occupied)

    Three of the versions will be close enough to identical, they'll just have different ISBNs and possibly have or not have CIP information depending on which one they are. They'll be the Kindle, Kobo and iBooks/Lulu versions. So, it's really just a little front-matter that will be different.

    The one I'm sweating bullets over is the Smashwords version; the Smashwords Meatgrinder and I do not seem to get along particularly well, and Bad Things Happen whenever I try to clean up documents sufficiently to meet the Smashwords Style Guide specifications. Yeah, I know it's supposed to be easy, and yeah, I know that others do it, and I guess I might just be being too fussy about the results, but so far I haven't been able to produce something I'm entirely happy with across all the significant formats Smashwords grinds out.

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