Hello, Friends, Readers, Writers! It’s been a long winter and I for one am ready to come out of hibernation! Please join me this weekend in downloading one of my newest children’s picture books, YOGABETS: An Acrobatic Alphabet. It’s a short, sweet, and rhyming story/poem that introduces the alphabet in an unusual (I hope) way. Here are the first few lines . . .
a . . . earring for a tiny lobe, or
a teacup resting one its side.
b . . . Mama with a baby bump,
baby bumpkin tucked inside.
The digital version is free for download from Amazon this week (Saturday, March 12 – Wednesday, March 16th). The illustrations are by yours truly as well.
Here’s the link:
Happy Spring, everyone!
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.
Two tools I’ve used to create picture books are Sketchbook Pro and BookCreator for iPad.
First I draw my pictures on Sketchbook. Then I export them to my Photo Roll and download them in BookCreator, where I’ve already chosen a picture book format: landscape, portrait or square.
Next I type my picture book on BookCreator, adding text to each page.
Then the fun begins. I download the illustrations I’ve created in Sketchbook Pro from my photo stream and position them on the pages of my new picture book.
Next I email my completed book to my email address on my iMac, where arrives as an attachment.
Then I drag the attached file (which is in ePub format at this point) from the email to my desktop.
At this point, I open the conversion kit Amazon has created to convert an ePub file to a mobi file, which is the format that works on Amazon. Go to The KDP Select website on Amazon to find the various parts of this kit—KF8 Converter, Kindle Generating Software and Kindle Gen Zip.
Now I drag my picture book (which is in ePub format on my desktop) into the KF8/KindleGen Converter, and wah-la! KF8 transforms it from an ePub file to a mobi file.
Next I go to the KDP Select page on Amazon and fill it out—my book’s title, author, etc. Then I upload my book (in mobi format) as well as my book’s cover (which I’ve taken a screenshot of while it was in BookCreator and emailed to my Mac, where it appears as an attachment which I then drag to my desktop).
Lastly, I complete the Amazon form (enable DRM, set my price, etc.) and press submit. 12 hours (or less) later, my book appears on my Amazon Bookshelf and is available for purchase on Amazon.com.
Sounds hard but isn’t!