Rainer M. Domingo


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Game of Thrones: Season Five

Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Night's Watch

No season five spoilers!

Only two more episodes left in season five, but I have to say that this season has been much better than last season. I got bored with season four’s story arcs and ended up skipping several episodes in the middle, watching the last two episodes just as the wildlings attacked the wall. I’m looking forward to this season’s last episode closures, revelations and cliffhangers. How about you?

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The Createspace do over

proof01I got my first print copy proof from Createspace in less than a week. I was pretty impressed with how fast it got here, but not with the book itself.

As expected, based on other author posts online, the cover image was much darker than the computer image. Since this is my first Createspace cover, I needed to see it printed before adjusting it. I upped the brightness by 60 ticks and I’m hoping it’s going to improve the image without washing it out and losing detail.

I placed the book’s title too close to the top edge, and my name too close to the bottom and side edges. I fixed the title by using Photoshop’s Edit->Transform->Scale, and my name by changing the font size and repositioning the text higher up from the bottom.

Inside the book, I thought that setting the inside margin to .75” was going to be sufficient, but it looks like I need a bit more room. If I leave it as is, the text closest to the seam on the curved page curves more inward than I would like. I think adding .25” is going to fix it.

Once I get the revised proof, I’ll provide an update.

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Update: The new proof looks good! I’m happy with it.


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My medieval fantasy novella is up for pre-order

Three Quest Deal - Tales of Former Dragons, Book 1

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Three Quest Deal (Tales of Former Dragons, Book 1)

I had to pull an all-nighter to get my book up on Amazon (via KDP), CreateSpace and Smashwords. Smashwords is going to distribute it to all its channel partners once it gets reviewed and approved for the Premium Catalog. The CreateSpace listing won’t appear until they’ve reviewed and approved it for printing, and I approved the proof copy that is sent to me via postal mail.

What I didn’t quite expect, was the amount of time it was going to take to review and modify the internal layout of the book once it went through each service’s Microsoft Word conversion process. That involved downloading each format, opening it with the appropriate viewer or previewer, and making sure everything looked okay. I was very close, but there were a few changes I had to make here and there. No biggies, just time consuming. And I also had to fill out all the online forms, including banking and tax info.

I’m happy that Amazon and Smashwords are done. Once I get the email from CreateSpace that my book has been approved, I can order the proof copy to see how the cover turned out (color, quality, back cover readability) and if I’m satisfied with the inside margin and quality of the black and white map.

Here are the links to my book at the two sites. You can preview the book on Smashwords. The Amazon preview won’t be up until the book’s release date. Please check it out and let me know what you think. Thanks!

Amazon Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00Y4QJ430

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/544985

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