Publishing to multiple stores through Draft2Digital: Almost All the Way Home From the Stars

A while back, I promised to blog about the process of formatting a book for all sales channels offered by Draft2Digital, including CreateSpace. Before I published this collection of stories I wrote with Jay Lake, Almost All the Way Home From the Stars, I only used D2D for B&N, Kobo, and the Apple bookstore. For that, I could upload the EPUB file that I compiled with Scrivener. For this collection, however, I also wanted hard copy, and in order to generate the PDF for CreateSpace, D2D requires a DOC file.

So I made a clean doc file of the book, (I talk more about that here), uploaded it to D2D, and waited to see what would happen.

I had a couple of problems with the upload that writers who use the service in the future will not have, at least according to a recent email I received listing some of the improvements they’ve made. I knew, for example, that the generation procedures used by Draft2Digital at the time of my upload stripped away all the scene break symbols, like “#” or “* * *”. On the Kindle Boards, I’d read the recommendation to use a graphic to indicate scene breaks in order to get around that “feature”. So I found a dingbat I thought fit in a science fiction book and replaced all the scene breaks with that.

Unfortunately, the D2D generators didn’t understand it, it defaulted to something else, and I ended up with a random letter between scenes.

Next try, I found a symbol native to Word in the hopes that it would stick, a simple diamond, and replaced all the scene breaks in my DOC file with that. That worked for the ebook venues, and I approved the ebook for publication.

Next step, CreateSpace. I wasn’t completely happy with the PDF that was to be the basis for the print copy, for several reasons. The most important was that it didn’t have a Table of Contents. That’s perfectly fine for a novel, but a short story collection really needs a TOC. So the wonderful Draft2Digital folks decided to use our book to test a new and improved PDF generation.

Now, after a lot of PDFs sent by D2D support and suggestions for improvement made by me, not only does the print version of Almost All the Way Home have a TOC, it also has running headers. You can take a look at how it turned out here.

Once I approved the PDF, I had to make the wraparound cover for the paperback. This is what it looks like:

The disadvantage of publishing to CreateSpace through D2D, I discovered, is that I don’t get a discount as an author, boo hoo. But now that it’s live, I think I’ll manage to buy myself a copy anyway. 🙂 (If you’re interested in other stores carrying the ebook, I listed them here.)

As to writing, rather than formatting and publishing, I finished the new version of Island of Glass last week. It is now 23,000 words, 7,000 words more than the last incarnation. Most of that is through adding Chiara’s step-sister Minerva as foil for the protagonist, as well as more detail where I had skipped it. Right now, I’m going through a printed copy before sending it to my niece, who will be my first reader.

Anyway, never a dull moment. And now, the winter that never wanted to end is finally showing signs of ending, and we have SO much to catch up on in the garden! That has taken a lot of my free time the last few days, I have to admit. 🙂

Wishing everyone a great week and much success with whatever you undertake!

10 thoughts on “Publishing to multiple stores through Draft2Digital: Almost All the Way Home From the Stars”

  1. I’ve never heard of D2D. I’ve always just published directly to CreateSpace and all the ebook channels. What’s the advantage? And why don’t you get an author discount with CreateSpace?

    Good luck with your writing, formatting, publishing, etc. You’re quite a busy lady, especially since you’re working in the garden, too!

    1. The advantage is less work. 🙂 Besides, I don’t have a Mac, so I can’t publish to the Apple store directly. Finally, I’m donating all the income for this book to my co-author, Jay Lake, who’s been diagnosed with terminal cancer, and it will be a lot easier for me to have the income all in one place.

      Does that make sense? 🙂

      1. Oh, I see. I publish to several channels, including Apple, through Smashwords, but Amazon, B & N, and CreateSpace, I do on my own.

        I’m so, so sorry to hear about Jay. It’s nice that you’re donating the proceeds.

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience with Draft2Digital! My graphic-artist-self is very, very picky, especially when it comes to print, so I think I’ll just stick to Sigil & InDesign, and uploading to Kindle, Nook & Smashwords for now, especially since the discount on author copies is a big plus for CreateSpace over Lightning Source for print. But it’s always good to know our options! Good luck getting your garden under control!

    1. I understand that completely, Jennette! If it weren’t for the fact that I want all the income in one place for this one, I probably would have stuck with that process too (except mine is Scrivener and Photoshop).

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