Formatting and Yellow Watermelon

Guess what?!

Yellow watermelon actually exists! I just ate some and it was amazing!

Oh. And my book will be published in a matter of weeks, that’s amazing too. ūüėČ

I just started the formatting stage, and you’d be surprised by how awesome it feels. It’s also very tedious. For example, I spent the last three hours putting italics in the right places. Yesterday I chose the font, page number placement, whether or not to have chapter titles at the top of the page, and obsessed over trim sizes. My Daddy said I was turning into Steve Jobs (apparently he obsessed over fifty different¬†shades of beige to color the outside of a computer).

For those who want to know the technical details, maybe for their own book, here they are:
Trim Size: 5.06 x 7.81¬†Update:¬†I ended up using 5 x 8 because only white paper was available in the size¬†5.06 x 7.81, and while I still think that 5×8 is just a tab bit too skinny, it was more important to me to have cream colored paper than the perfect size.

Type Font: Garamond. Type Size: 12 pt. Page Numbers: Bottom Center. And the platform we used to format all this was InDesign. Which, fun fact, can convert into both an Ebook and print file from just one format.

Formatting 101: Make sure nothing about your format distracts the reader from your story. Cool fonts and fancy chapter titles are fun but don’t just use them because they are. Make sure they fit with your story, and even when they do, ask yourself¬†“will this be distracting?”

Formatting 102: Look for at least five other books from your story’s genre and compare the formatting. Consider what you like and don’t like about each one. Also, consider the averages. Do most of them have the pages numbers in the middle¬†or to the side? How big is the font on each? What patterns¬†do you see? Okay, that’s all my advice for today. ūüėČ

Oh, by the way, I hope everyone liked the sneak peek! If you haven’t already checked it out, then just subscribe to my newsletter and you will receive¬†an email¬†with a link to the first chapter of my book. Remember, on August¬†first I will be taking it down, so read it while you can!

Also, just to clear things up my book WILL NOT be published on the first day of August.¬†We have some epic family stuff going on then. I’m not sure about the exact date yet, but it will definitely¬†be sometime¬†in August. Also, just to let you guys know, on the day I publish my book the print version will not be available¬†for purchase because it takes a while for Amazon and other websites to run everything through.

Wow. This is amazing you guys… When I’m looking at the formatting screen, or all the different¬†trim sizes laid¬†out on the table in front of me, I keep thinking “look at this! Look at how close you are! Your life-long dream is literally coming true!” Because it is! And it feels… Kind of insane.

Keep Writing!

  • Millie

A Fool Proof Plan

I can’t believe how close this is getting! Honey Butter will be published in ONE MONTH! This means, however, that I have a lot of work to do. So let me quickly give you the updates.

Update one: The final edits have been completed. And now we’re on to the proofreading stage! My mommy will be proofreading for me, so big thanks to her. We’re aiming to finish the proofreading by July 15. But we have A LOT going on this summer, so we might not make it. Fingers crossed.

Update two:

Doesn’t that look awesome?! My Dad helped me put together five quotes from Honey Butter, I will publish a new one every Saturday¬†in July on my Instagram¬†account. If you want to check them out, my username is millieflorenceauthor.

Update three: So, you know how I had to explain to everyone where to find the subscribe button on my site. Well, it is now in a much easier to find spot. Right at the top of the screen in the mobile version.

And now for the biggest and most exciting update…

I’m giving you guys a sneak peek of the first chapter of Honey Butter!

All you need to do is subscribe to my newsletter. In your confirmation email, there will be a link to the sneak peek. I hope you enjoy it! ūüôā Note: This is only valid for ONE MONTH. Anyone who subscribes¬†after July will not get this offer.

Keep Writing!

  • Millie