Adventures in Self-Publishing, Part 2

Greetings, friends, readers, and fellow writers.  Just wanted to let you know I’m still trying to publish my picture books on amazon’s createspace.  So far, I’ve exported the files from my IPAD–where I created them as epub files on Apple’s Book Creator–to my I MAC.  At first I exported them as PDFs, but this didn’t work well because once I imported the files to createspace, the images turned out to be less than the 300 DPI CS recommends.  So I asked my son to help me increase the resolution on my books.  He was able to do this, but I’m not sure how.  I think he used Adobe Acrobat Professional to convert the raw epub files into PDFs that were higher quality (more DPI) than the PDFs I’d exported directly from BookCreator on my IPAD.

The first book–Isabel Plum: Ichthyologist–looks good now, but it has a couple of mistakes/typos/misaligned words I have to fix.  Problem is I don’t know where to fix them.  Surely not on the PDFs (they’re inalterable, right?).  So I need to find the raw epub file he uploaded to adobe acrobat before converting it to a PDF.  Sure, I know where the epub file is, but does this mean I fix the original, resend it to my Macbook and then ask my son to reconvert the whole thing to a new PDF using adobe acrobat to produce good quality (at least 300 DPI) images?

I hope this makes sense to you, fellow readers and writers.  If it does, you probably know more about these technical issues than I do.  I just hope that by writing about my difficulties those of you with similar problems will feel encouraged.  I’m NOT gonna give up.  I’m not.  I just wish this stuff weren’t so hard.  I want to get back to writing, to illustrating, to actually completing my books.

Goodbye for now–and happy weekend.

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