I am becoming an indie publisher. Why? I wanted my books available through Lightning Source because they distribute to Ingram, libraries, Barnes & Noble, and so on. The primary feature I was interested in is the ability for a book store to order books from them, and to return them if necessary. CreateSpace does a fine job of printing the books, and as part of Amazon, distributes them to individuals, but not to other bookstores (why would they? They are Amazon.)
So I got a business license in my state, created the publishing company name, decided on what type of corporation it is (sole proprietor in my case), and joined Lightning Source.
When I was ready to upload the first publication, I discovered the first obstacle: they accept only specific types of pdf formats, and those formats need to come from InDesign.
Okay. I joined Adobe CC, downloaded InDesign, and came to a dead stop. I tried using the tutorials, which are great until they ask you to use the exercise files. I couldn’t find them. I went to the forums and found that many many other people couldn’t find them either. Moving on. I went to Powell’s and bought a book on how to use InDesign.
But come on! How hard can it be to import one pdf file and spit it out in the required format?
Answer: Hard. Maybe impossible. I turned to my FB community. One user has responded so far. She says you have to cut and paste the entire book ONE PAGE AT A TIME.
My mind balks. Can this be true? So, I’m turning next to the self-publishing community. I’ll keep you posted as to my journey! Once I’ve learned this job, I intend to ask some other authors whether they’d like me to publish their books. Until I learn what I’m doing though, I’ll be the lone customer. Sigh.
Your comments, suggestions, and answers to life’s questions are not only appreciated, but solicited!