ROW80: One Big Goal Down

Three to go! It took awhile, and I ended up learning some new software, but that ended up being fun, and I got the holiday anthology formatted for both e-book and print, and the print proof on its way to me already. For my first two books, Word worked out just fine provided I proofed the whole book to make sure it wasn’t hyphenating words in stupid places (which it does). But this anthology was my first time using CreateSpace, which flagged a couple of graphics that Word had reduced quality of for file size – to a lower resolution than it should have. Therefore, I switched to Adobe InDesign, professional page layout software that my day job employer thoughtfully provided along with the web design components I regularly use. I’ve been mostly out of the graphic design field for fifteen years now, so I’d never used it. However, the overall functionality was much the same as what I used to use way back then, so it was more a matter of learning the specific commands of how to do a particular thing, like set up page headers that could be different for each story. And wow, did it do a much better job than Word!

Here’s my week’s progress in detail:

  • Format and upload Home for the Holidays anthology if all materials are received –  Done!
  • Physical activity 5x this week – Done!
  • Hangar 18 – review and markup Chapters 1-3 – Done!
  • Get it Together exercises 13 & 14 – No
  • I got some more outlining done on my “just for me” project.

Here are my overall goals for this round:

  • Format and release OVRWA holiday story anthology – Done and soon to be released!
  • Revise Hangar 18 – revisions/markup started
  • Keep up with my exercise, five times a week. – ongoing
  • Finish the Get It Together exercises (description of that here) – completed sections 3 – 12
For this week, I’d like to:
  • Finish Home for the Holidays print book, and if proof received, correct if needed; otherwise OK it and make available for sale!
  • Physical activity 5x this week
  • Hangar 18 – review and markup Chapters 4-6
  • Get it Together exercises 13 & 14

If you’re participating in ROW80, how are you doing so far? If not, how are you doing with whatever goals you may have made?

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, iTunes, and more.

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  1. Good work there – I haven’t tried Create space but I too have been formating for publication – Now I have got used to it I don’t find it so difficult it’s the tedium of checking every word, every line – time and time again – but i have learnt to go with it – this year it has gone so much better than usual patience is obviously paying off:) and like you I have got to learn new software which I do find interesting – all the best for this week 🙂

  2. I love InDesign! I had to learn to start using it a few jobs ago when I had very limited design support for my marketing team, and now I absolutely adore it! Glad things worked out for you on that front. Feels good to get a big goal knocked off the list for sure. Have a great week!

  3. Alberta, CreateSpace is pretty easy once you get used to it. It’s very picky about some things (more than Lightning Source, which is supposed to be harder!). I still checked every page, but didn’t find as many mess ups with weird hyphens, so its a win!

    Jessica, I used to use Quark XPress all the time when I worked in graphic design. This is similar but without some of Quark’s annoying quirks.

  4. Thanks, Louise! I kept my goals small this time – that helps me look productive!

    Thanks, Ryan!

    Thanks, Juliana! I feel old right now… LOL!

  5. Woo-hoo! How wonderful to get that anthology done! I love hearing about your process too, Jennette. It’s informative for those of us who may be doing something like that in the future.

    Have a great week! I’m cheering you on as usual. 🙂

  6. Congrats on the anthology and the incredible progress. Thanks for the tips on CreateSpace and InDesign – about to start on that road myself and deciding which programs to use seems to be the first battle of formatting. Have a fantastic week, Jennette 🙂

  7. Christina, thanks!

    Thanks, Gene – good luck with your own publishing venture!

    Camille, I’m guessing you got an education edition – smart move!