Formatting

Hello everyone. First off, I want to thank you all for your support and for continuing to follow along on this journey. Two years ago I never would have imagined That a flash of inspiration from a pinterest writing prompt would lead me here.

But one wild ride later, and here we are. My first novel has been through not one, but three full drafts, each of which was subjected to rigorous review. It has been read over by nearly a dozen fresh sets of eyes, dissected by advanced algorithms, and measured against industry leading titles and authors. And even after all of that we weren’t done with it yet, It still needed to be reviewed once more by a professional human editor.

Now, after years of development, late night headaches, discorgament, excitement. And an unbelievable rollercoaster of emotional adventure I could have never imagined. The fully edited draft is ready to be formatted what will be the final manuscript.

It turns out that getting here was the easy part of this journey. And there are still some pretty major mountains to get over. And so I find myself reviewing three and a half hours worth of Adobe InDesign tutorials on how exactly you are supposed to format a book before it can be published. A task which is apparently way more complicated than it sounds.

There are so many things to consider, that you never even think about when you are reading a book. Like exactly how big are the margins on each side of the page. Do you put the title of the book and your name at the top or bottom of every other page.  How big should the chapter heading be. And how do you pick between the thirteen  nearly identical fonts? There is even consideration for how far apart the individual letters are spaced, and how much distance there is between lines. And that’s just the beginning of controlling things like words getting cut off between pages, and making sure you don’t have to turn the page just to read that last sentence or paragraph before the chapter ends. Yay for new skills!

The goal is to have the book published in three different formats, a paperback, and e-book and a special edition hardcover.

And While I work on that, there is something that all of you can do to help. And that is spreading the word.

The easiest way to do this is to make sure you are following both the blog, and my actual E.Sandborn author page on facebook, not just my person page.

Next, when you see my posts, including this one. Make sure to share it directly on your own social media platforms.

Then, If you or someone you know is running a blog and or a podcast, and would be interested in joining forces. Let me know, I would love to do an interview about the book and answer any questions about the process and journey you can come up with.

Finally Make sure to tell everyone you know about it, send them the link to the web page, direct them to the various social media accounts. And get people talking.

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