The Price of Self-Publishing
There are many skills an author simply doesn’t have. I am not a graphic artist, so I pay for book cover design. I cannot objectively review my own work, so I pay for an editor and abuse my friendships.
When it came to designing my paperback book interior for Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan, however, I found that Adobe InDesign for CS6 was easy to figure out. There was a time in which I thought that my word processing software had the capabilities to format a book interior. I was wrong in the way all amateurs and novices are with their first book.
The typical price for a professional to do your book interior ranges from $379-$700, depending on where you look. The advantages are that you don’t have to do much aside from answer a few questions about the overall theme of the book. They’ll churn it out and have it back for you in a couple of days. There are many advantages to this and, if you have the money, I suggest that you pay.
Adobe InDesign for CS6 costs between $350-$400. It is easy to learn and is cost-effective if you plan on publishing several titles before you expect to make any money. This is doubly true for me, since 98% of my book sales are digital, not print. The only reason I want a paperback book is as a business card for future work.
Here is a two-chapter sample of the book as it is now: Captain James Hook and the Curse of Peter Pan – Sample Formatted. It includes the front matter, two chapters, an about the authors page, and a call to action. There are some notable oddities to it when you look at it as a .pdf, though. For example, blank pages are inserted for spacing so that the writing starts on the appropriately-numbered page.
Here are some great sites that tell you how to use Adobe InDesign to create your book interior. These are the resources that I use after a week of hunting and pecking for the best advice. InDesign Tutorial: Designing the inside pages of a book , Book Layout in InDesign , How to Layout a Book in InDesign, Book Interior File Formatting.