For the first time, I took CreateSpace up on its offer of a free proof copy to those who won NaNoWriMo. I figured, why not? I’m not going to actually distribute the book anywhere (at least at this point). It’s 100% free – CreateSpace covers shipping and handling, too. It’ll be a good motivational tool. I figured, if I get to see my book “in print,” it’ll give me incentive to actually get my books published for real.
My proof copy arrived yesterday and this is what it looked like:
Not bad at all for a “self-published” book. The perfect binding is as good as the binding on books from New York City publishers. The paper quality is good. The soft paper cover is durable and glossy. The inside text is crisp and dark, no fading or ink blotches.
I didn’t design the cover myself – I picked a template from the CreateSpace website because I’m awful at anything even vaguely artistic. It turned out pretty nice and they had a good selection of templates.
The inside of the book is laid out exactly as it was in the PDF I submitted. There aren’t any page numbers because I forgot to include them (facepalm) and the text is 12-point Times New Roman. And it’s ~230 pages of the worst writing in the world.
Still, just seeing it “in print,” holding it in my hands, riffling through the pages, and having it on my desk are good enough motivators for me. 🙂