For the last month or so, I’ve been working on a new project – creating paper editions of my stories. I thought that they might make nice gifts for the people who have helped and encouraged me in my writing. I don’t expect to actually sell any – they get rather pricey after everyone gets their cut, and my ebook versions are (mostly) free. However, I’m old enough to appreciate books which are real, physical, living things, so they are nice to have at hand. My four books now sit next to my desk, so that I can glance over, read my name on their spines and say to myself, “Hey, I did it – something I always wanted to do. Finally.”
The nice thing is that these days you don’t end up spending a small fortune to fill up your garage with unsold books. You only pay for the books you want to buy for yourself at the cost of printing them. Plus, it costs nothing to get them set-up for printing, if you can do all the set-up work yourself, as I did, so that it is a very affordable option.
Having learned how use LibreOffice to set up my ebooks for Smashwords and Amazon, setting up the books for print was not too different. There were extra steps, custom pages sizes, and margins, etc) but the instructions are pretty clear. Still, it was a bit of a learning experience – some of my earliest stories were written on an old version of either OpenOffice or LibreOffice on a Mac, which did not play well with my current version of LibreOffice on Windows, but in the end, I found a work around for the problem. And then, after getting proof copies and paging through them, all the missing commas, words, typos, & such that I missed in the first six times I read them on screen, just popped out at me in print – so I had to read them again in print and fix’em. Hopefully, I caught them all. (Yeah, right) So, as I said, it’s been a month long project. However, should I ever write another book, I think it should flow much smoother. Indeed, I’ll set up a paper copy just for proofreading purposes.
So now, my books A Summer in Amber, Some Day Days, The Bright Black Sea, and The Lost Star’s Sea by C. Litka are available in both print, or as ebooks – wherever fine books are sold online. The ebooks versions are free, except that outside the US, where Amazon does charge for most of them.
What do they look like? Here are photos; clitkabooks.blogspot.com/2017/…