I recently published an ebook through Kindle Create (the program that you install on your computer). Now I would like to publish a paperback.
I have a Word.doc, but unfortunately I made some edits on Kindle Create that I neglected to also edit in the Word.doc. Is it possible to use that Kindle Create 'package' to make my paperback? I'm so afraid I will miss an edit in the Word.doc! It's over 300 pages, so it would be hard to go word-by-word.
No, Kindle Create can only be used to create a Kindle-compatible book, when it actually works. For a print edition, you must upload a PDF, which can be created from your Word file. The PDF must look exactly as you wish your book to look, including all the elements not found in e-books -- pagination, indicia page, recto/verso chapter starts, title page, widows/orphans, etc. Reformatting at the least, probably re-editing and re-proofing as well.
recto/verso chapter starts, title page, widows/orphans, etc.
I am obsessive about conventional formatting for my paperbacks, because it's one way we can compete with the Big Five. Of course Chapter One always starts on a recto (right-hand) page, but after that I let them fall where they will. Many Big Five publishers do the same. I am also less than anal about the widows&orphans. I certainly don't mind a single line at the bottom of a page, and if a single line at the top of a page is reasonably full, I'll accept that as well. What I won't accept is one, two, or three lines all by themselves on the final page of a chapter. I'll rewrite that paragraph or make other revisions to get rid of them -- one place we have a great advantage over commercial publishers, who must persuade the author to do this tweaking.
Reformatting at the least, probably re-editing and re-proofing as well.
I spent a couple weeks proofreading the PDF with Susan, who in an earlier life was a publisher's editor. We sit at opposite ends of the couch with our feet touching, and I read every word to her -- the only way I know to catch everything -- a chapter in the morning, a chapter in the afternoon, so as to stay fresh. The time invested is about twenty hours for 60,000 words. (Well, forty hours combined.)
When it's done, I fix any typos in the ebook as well, so that's another benefit.
(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)