NANO 2017 Participants: Think Beyond the Writing
This year, I fully plan to stick to a more traditional Nano writing schedule, in order to successfully meet the deadline. But although I’ll be dedicating much of my focus on the actual writing of the book, I also plan to think beyond the writing. For me, this translates into other activities that will become more relevant, once the book has been written. All the same, these activities are so important, I figure, if I can get a jump on them in advance, why not.
By now (after two novels, one 30,000 word short read, and multiple little ebooks), I understand all too well about the hassles of formatting. With each new publication that I create, I apply the formatting tips I’ve picked up along the way. Hopefully, this causes the appearance of each new release to be better and better, and also helps the writing process go a little smoother. This year, I’ll be applying lots of sensible steps related to the publishing process; things I screwed up in the past, but vow to get right this time! You can follow along and benefit from my upcoming “Think Beyond the Writing” segments, like the following points about successful Kindle formatting in advance.
THINK BEYOND THE WRITING
In this particular entry of Think Beyond the Writing, I want to briefly discuss the issue of selecting a font for your upcoming Kindle book. After the nervous anxiety of the 2017 Nano challenge has worn off, you will begin to think about all kinds of practical matters related to the actual publishing of your book. Yes, the hard part of the writing is done, but then what? This information is being presented to you now (while the writing process is still going on) for a reason.
Why Worry Now
One really good reason to worry about this issue now, during the writing process of the book, is because it can create issues later, if you forget to address it. For instance, your book’s page count is relative to your book cover dimensions when publishing a PRINT book. If you change the font, it changes the page count, which affects how the print cover will fit. This is only a possibility of something that could wrong, but if you can prevent any foreseeable problems in advance, you might as well do it. It won’t take a lot of time to learn and implement this very useful point, so you might as well do it now and you won’t have to go back and do it later. The following tip is one you can use to help make it easy on yourself.
he “make it easy on yourself ” tip that I want to bring to your attention has to do with the type of font you are using. Believe it or not, something as seemingly inconsequential as the font can be a turn off to your readers. Notice this point in the comment that I found on a message board recently, in answer to the question: What is the Best Font for Kindle Direct Publishing?
“The two books which I published (A Retired Lawyer’s Doomed Romance And Escape From Everything) on KDP both use a Courier New Bold font. A woman commented and mentioned that she found the sample too difficult to read so she didn’t download my romance book even though it is on the free download promotion. I looked over my books on my own Kindle and also other books which I have purchased which don’t use the bold font. Both my wife and I preferred the bold font rather than the regular.”
Whether or not you agree with the comments about the best font style is not the point. The point is, this reader articulates something that other readers may also have issues with. The need for a legible font is very important to people when they read, especially avid readers who tend to overwork their eyes with constant reading.
Think about it, haven’t you visited websites, or tried to read the wording on something, and found it to be just too irritating for one reason or another? It just goes to show, that when formatting your writing (either before or after you complete it), you must give some adequate thought to the font, as well as other formatting issues. Among the 11 or 12 typefaces that Kindle allow, some of the more popular ones that tend to work best are:
Stay tuned for more upcoming comments to help you Think Beyond the Writing.