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Arshmit

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Publishing paperback
Posted: Oct 19, 2017 8:04 PM
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Hello everyone, My name is Arshmit and I'm launching my book coming 31st October.
I have a quick question. My book is a short story 9650 words long. Can I publish a paperback version of my book? Will it be pamphlet.....
I'm asking this question because it is not a long book and therefore will it get qualified for paperback or not; I have a doubt...

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Donna St Felix

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Posted: Oct 19, 2017 8:07 PM   in response to: Arshmit in response to: Arshmit
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Arshmit wrote:
Hello everyone, My name is Arshmit and I'm launching my book coming 31st October.
I have a quick question. My book is a short story 9650 words long. Can I publish a paperback version of my book. Will it be pamphlet.....

That is not a book. Maybe do more stories and then combine them all into one book.
Joseph M Erhardt

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Posted: Oct 19, 2017 8:28 PM   in response to: Arshmit in response to: Arshmit
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If there's a particular reason that you need a hard-copy, go to CreateSpace (dot com) and do the hardcopy there. I think you need a minimum of 24 pages to do a paperback. But, think of the title page, the full title page, the table of contents, the blank page after the table of contents, and you've chewed up 4 pages already.

You need a minimum of 130 pages for spine printing using a CreateSpace template, 100 page minimum if you create your own front-to-back cover (so I've been told).
Wilai Lattimore

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Posted: Oct 20, 2017 7:08 AM   in response to: Joseph M Erhardt in response to: Joseph M Erhardt
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Joseph, do you leave a blank page after the contents page in your paperbacks?
Notjohn

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Posted: Oct 20, 2017 8:03 AM   in response to: Wilai Lattimore in response to: Wilai Lattimore
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A well-formatted book contains -- AT A MINIMUM -- these six pages before Chapter One begins:

1) Half-title
2) Blank or part of title page or Other Books By Same Author
3) Title page
4) Copyright page
5) Table of Contents
6) Continue TOC or blank or frontispiece or epigram, whatever

Those pages are either not numbered or are paginated with lower-case roman numerals.

Page One, Chapter One always starts on a righthand page and is paginated as number 1 in arabic numerals. I can forgive (just barely) a book on which the first page is shown as page 7, but the "front matter) is mandatory unless you want your book to scream that it was formatted by an amateur.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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writerbn

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Posted: Oct 20, 2017 12:05 PM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Notjohn wrote:
A well-formatted book contains -- AT A MINIMUM -- these six pages before Chapter One begins:

1) Half-title

I never realized how important the half-title page was until I had to do a book signing!
Notjohn

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Posted: Oct 21, 2017 2:14 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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Huh. I always sign on the title page, right next to my name, tee hee.

(Nobody could read my writing otherwise.)

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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writerbn

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Posted: Oct 21, 2017 6:26 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Notjohn wrote:
Huh. I always sign on the title page, right next to my name, tee hee.
There's more room on the half-title, especially when the buyer requests a specific dedication :)
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