Starting out, need some advice.
Hello Good People,
Just wanted to have a little of your time, have just started writing poetry for the first time in about 16 years, and have a couple I would like to maybe publish if they are good enough, just for a bit of fun for me,
How would I start down this road? any ideas?
A friend told me about this site, and so am here lol, not sure what I need to be doing though lol
Any ideas folks?
The first thing you need to do is download Booksmart and install it on your computer. Once installed, open it up and play with it. Start different books, play with the templates etc. Get comfortable with it. I don’t know your level of computer savy, so I don’t know how long that will take. It’s all free until you complete your book, upload it and order a copy.
If you have questions, search the FAQs and forums on this site. If you still need help, post a question in the appropriate forum.
Perhaps a small black&white paperback might be the right project to start with.
Special attention to text spell and formatting when you put your text into the blurb software. I encountered very funny things and I fear the issues are not solved yet .
You can add illustration in the text by using colored photographs which will be printed in b/W . No converting in B/W is necessary
Good advice so far! Can I add a few thoughts?
Have a look at some of the poetry books in the Blurb bookstore, that might spark ideas on style, layout, etc. You’ll find those here.
Then make sure you watch the introductory "how to" video, you’ll find that here. Then go to the Help menu at the top of this page and select Tips and Tutorials, you’ll find other tutorials and good adive there.
The only advice I can give is from my own experience. I always wanted to write kids books but it seemed I never would. Then I found Blurb :) I just wrote them, did some illustrations, (and I am rubbish at drawing!), built the book and ordered a copy. If nothing else, I have a copy of these books for myself and can cross it off my list of ‘things I’d love to do’.
I guess the fear is that no-one will like what we’ve written but does it really matter? As a complete novice at all this I cannot express the feeling of pride when a copy of my first book arrived…it looked better than I had imagined. Will anyone buy it? Probably not. Will I write millions more? Definately!
Be brave, don’t stress too much over the finer details and have fun…..you’ll not regret it :)