Archive | April 2020

Another Day in the Life of Sheltering at Home

Yesterday, I had nothing to do on my crochet book. It’s currently at the editor’s and will be back in a week. In the meantime, I spent a few hours researching how to submit a book to Amazon. Turns out, it wasn’t such an easy task. One article (that was very useful) suggested NOT to try to format a book ourselves but to hire someone to do it because it’s quite complicated. Well  now, I figured, I do have a lot of time on my hands right now. Let me see.

Hours later, I was going deeper and deeper down the rabbit hole of information. One link lead to another link to another link… and soon I couldn’t remember how to get back to an important link I had navigated away from three links ago! Repeat process with videos. There were a lot of equations and formulas for formatting and so much blah blah blah on the correct way to do a cover. I’m still not clear on whether I can use the same file to create both an ebook and a physical on-demand book. I might have to recreate my book for that! Continue reading

Crochet Doll Book News

It’s been brought to my attention by a great horde of people (two to be exact), that although I titled my last post Finished My Book Amidst Pandemic, I actually didn’t talk much about my book…at all. It was suggested gently (not so gently) that I actually talk about, you know, the book!

The book: What’s my book about? It’s a tutorial on how to create your own simple dolls (that don’t look simple), as if explained to you by a friend. It’s picture heavy as it’s more about inspiration on how to create your own dolls than about patterns. However, I did include three patterns to illustrate what the end product could look like.

Here’s the cover:

book cover

I might still change the subtitle. 

To start off, I thought I was done with the book after a few tweeks. I had my friends and family read it to see if there was anything majorly wrong with it. A few edits and suggestions came in, and the more I went in, the more I changed.

First off, it’s taken me a few years to get this project done. Unfortunately, the more I waited to get back to it, the more things changed. Things like software and app changes, which forced me to relearn how to use them again. Or say I was happy with pictures years ago, now they looked dated or not as good as what I can do now. So what I’m basically saying is that I drastically started fiddling with the book and moved away from the finish line, AGAIN. Continue reading