Amazon, cover, CreateSpace, Fatal Forgery, IngramSpark, KDP, POD, print-on-demand, review
Matters are moving forward at a sedate pace in my quest to use IngramSpark as well as KDP for my print-on-demand paperbacks. The cover of “Fatal Forgery” has been suitably tweaked to accommodate the slimmer spine of the IS edition (because IS uses thinner paper stock and over nearly 300 pages – 150 thicknesses of paper – it makes a difference), and I have today received my proof copy from IS and am happy with it.
I am now working out my next steps, which will involve (scarily) un-publishing my current KDP paperback and then republishing it with the new ISBN that I bought for the IS edition – all paperbacks of the same title, regardless of who actually prints them, must have the same ISBN. This would be simply an administrative thing – unpublish then upload the files again – except that I am not sure what will happen to all the lovely reviews on Amazon that are associated with the current KDP paperback. I certainly don’t want to lose them, so I’m investigating if/how I can get the reviews carried over to the “new” paperback. It may be simple (if the reviews are associated with the title) or it may be awkward/impossible (if they’re associated with the ISBN). Who knew that writing the darn book was by far the easiest part of the process?
On a related subject, it has been very interesting to compare the look of “Fatal Forgery” as produced by the different printing presses:
On the left is the original version, printed by CreateSpace in (I think) South Carolina. In the middle is the version that I now get from KDP (who took over CreateSpace, and moved the printing for UK authors to Wroclaw in Poland). And on the right is the IngramSpark version, printed in (I think) Milton Keynes. They all use the same cover file from the point of view of colour – it’s only the trim dimensions and spine width (and spine print size) that are different. And yet, how different they look! The cover designer said this about the trio: “The one on the right appears to be slightly closer to how it was intended than any other. Somewhere between the one on the left and the one on the right (but closer to the right) would be as intended by me. The one in the middle is much too bright.” Thankfully very few buyers will see the difference as they won’t have all three versions, but I thought you might find it interesting – and it certainly shows that being too precious about precise shades of colour when designing a cover might not be worth the fuss!
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