The Proof Arrived at the Door

5x5Books HereI 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.

Books - All

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.

Books - NS

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.

Books - Miss Tuttle

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.]

Books - McDougall

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.

Books - dLexbook

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 (

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!

Dyslexia Symbol


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.

Books - OpenDyxlexic Font

DON’T FORGET to enter the Goodread Giveaways for Nova Scotia – Life Near Water and City of Light and Shadow.

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.

7 thoughts on “The Proof Arrived at the Door

  1. Perhaps I missed this in an earlier post but I am wondering why you have chosen to go with CreateSpace? I have been getting a lot of information from BookBaby lately. Do you have any thoughts on the difference between the two???


    • I’ve been being spammed by BookBaby for several weeks now. I have not signed up to receive anything from them. I didn’t know they existed until I started receiving unwanted messages. I glanced at them once, but didn’t see anything of importance. I just spent 30 minutes checking them out and from what I can tell from that quick review is that it costs a minimum $99 to publish an eBook through them. Compared to free at Smashwords, Kindle and Kobo, I can’t see where $99 is worth it unless you can be guaranteed to get that back in sales fairly quickly. They say you get 100% of the royalties, but what does that mean exactly? Obviously with the other places, they take a percentage.

      As for printed books, it appears I’d need to order a minimum of 100. I can’t tell how much it would cost to replicate my current publication at BookBaby because I’d have to ask for a quote. Perhaps the price would be great, but I seldom order more than 50 books at a time because storage and funds are limited.

      On the plus side, there are more print options with BookBaby that are more appealing once I get to a certain point in my publishing career. But at that point, I would look at ordering 200 and possibly ordering through Friesens, a Canadian company that delivers quality books for large publishing companies. I’ve never heard of BookBaby before this year, so I have no history about the company to judge them by.

      It is free to create your book at CreateSpace and you can order only one copy if you wish. I don’t know if BookBaby offers that. There may be other costs associated with printing through BookBaby that are not obvious on the website (such as a set up fee for new books).

      If anyone has had experience with BookBaby and would like to comment about it, I’d love to hear from you. Is there a initial set up cost to print books? What is their minimum print run?

      Thanks, Jane, for asking about BookBaby. I’m sorry I don’t have more to report. My first printing experience was through Blurb. CreateSpace is much cheaper than that company, and my books appear on Amazon. That couldn’t happen with Blurb.


  2. I love the covers, especially Miss Tuttle’s Lemon Tarts and City of Light and Shadow. I too like the idea of the OpenDyslexic font — everyone should have the opportunity to read what they want!
    I’ll be sure to enter the Goodread giveaways. 🙂


    • Thanks, Libby, for your kind words. When I look at Miss Tuttle’s cover, I think of that mug I bought at Spanish Rooms, Newfoundland, and the wonderful taste of those tarts. It makes me want to make more.

      I agree: everyone should have the opportunity to read. With my mother’s failing eye-sight, I might also release large text books, too.

      Thanks for entering the Goodreads Giveaways.


    • Thanks, Darlene. I always get excited when new books arrived. I can’t help it. I’m a book worm. Thanks for your kind comments. I’m hoping the OpenDyxlexic font will encourage reluctant readers who have dyslexia to give it a try. I thought my middle child had dyslexia, but others didn’t think so. I still believe he has it to some degree, so a font that would help him and others is always a great thing.


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