I am finishing up Kevin and the Three-Headed Alien. The text is finished, what I am finishing is the formatting of the paperback and the Kindle version. This is the “publishing” part of the “self-publishing” or “indie-publishing” process. I don’t know how others do it, I can only speak to the way I do it. But there ends up being two different files, as I said above, one for the Kindle, one for the paperback. I think this is the reason a lot of indie-publishing people only make a Kindle version. It’s simply easier, and frankly for most indie-writers more copies will be sold as ebooks, and as time marches along that difference between paperbacks and ebooks will only grow.
I think that is a mistake, for a little bit of extra I can bring in more revenue on the same title. If you’re new to this take the extra-time to learn both.
I use Indesign, because I subscribe to the Adobe Cloud. You can use Word to format books as well, but I learned from Kevin and the Seven Lions that if I wanted a book that had a bleed, that is the images go all the way to the edge, I needed Indesign. The template provided by Createspace didn’t allow for a bleed. Plus Indesign CS6 has an export straight to Kindle option.
The main difference I have between my two versions is Back Matter. Back matter is that stuff at the end of an ebook that allows readers to click through to a Facebook page and website. Those things can change or may need to add more places to find me. I’m not adding all of my social media stuff in the back of a paperback.
The table of contents is also different. Can you guess why?
There are no “pages” in an ebook, thus making the pages in a paperback completely irrelevant.
For some writers, the focus is solely on the ebook version. In the first three months of having a book out, about 50% of my revenue has come from the paperback. I think it was worth the trouble to make two different versions.
In regards to Indesign you subscribe to Indesign only for $19.99 a month for a whole year. That may or may not be worth it to you, but it could be something to consider if you don’t want the whole Adobe Cloud.