I received a surprise today when the mailwoman showed up at my door with a package I hadn’t expected to arrive until tomorrow. The small box contained six books, all of which are in the proof stage. I thought I’d share them with you here.
The most difficult part of getting the books published is the colour tones on the cover. I’ve done enough interior designs to know exactly how to lay out a book the way I want, and I’ve created enough covers to get the layout correct the first time. However, the colour…well, that’s hit or miss.
You see, what you see on the computer screen isn’t exactly how the printing press at CreateSpace sees it. Often the printed version is darker. Now that I know this, I purposefully make covers lighter than I desire. However, the actual tone is difficult to reach without experimenting.
On the computer, Nova Scotia-Life Near Water looks great. In print, it appears too purplish than I prefer. It means I need to go into the file and play with the colours a little more, upload the new file, order another proof and hope for the best.
Miss Tuttle’s Lemon Tarts is a short story (approximately 6,970 words). I decided to do a print copy because it’s one of my longer short stories and because I’m going to use it as promotional material for another story Pockets of Wildflowers. The 32-page book contains the first chapter of the romance novel and information on where to buy it.
Quarter Castle Publishing’s newest author is Sheila McDougall. Her first novel City of Light and Shadow takes place in Paris (with a little trip to New Orleans). The colours on the cover of her novel printed wonderfully. [Part III of an interview with McDougall appears in the Quarter Castle News.]
You’ll notice something a little different about one of the printed copies of McDougall’s book. It has a symbol on the back indicating OpenDyslexic font was used in creating the story.
This is what appears on the Copyright page of novels in which I use this special font:
OpenDyslexic is a font created by Abelardo Gonzalez to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. To learn about this special font or to download it for free, visit the website (http://dyslexicfonts.com)
Quarter Castle Publishing is dedicated to meeting the demands of readers. One way we’re doing this is by creating a selection of material using the special typeface OpenDyslexic. We hope it will make reading easier and more enjoyable for individual who have developmental reading disorder (DRD or Dyslexia).
Look for the dLex symbol on the back as more titles are created with OpenDyslexic!
So what do you think? Should more books be created using OpenDyslexic? In the future, all books for children and a small selection of adult books published by Quarter Castle Publishing will be created in two versions: standard and OpenDyslexic. The symbol on the back cover will indicate the special font.
Here is what the font looks like in the printed version.
TIP: When ordering books through CreateSpace, you CAN order more than one title. It’s not obvious, but it’s possible. The only defining line is: is it a proof order or an approved book order? You can order proofs of different titles, too, but you can’t order a proof and two books that have been approved. Why? I don’t know. It’s just the way CreateSpace works. So to save money in shipping, order more than one approved title, and if you can, have two proofs ready before placing an order. Also, you can order up to five copies of a proof. This speeds up the final editing stage because up to five people can read it at once to check for remaining errors.
Diane Tibert writes under the pen name Diane Lynn McGyer. She’s the author of Shadows in the Stone.