So, unfortunately, I’ve encountered quite a few technical issues in my quest for publication perfection . . .
First, it was formatting. Turns out my margins were waaay too short on the edges of the pages, but too large in the gutter (yep, reverse issues). So I spent a few hours fixing margins until they were just right. But then, I realized that I almost published a 6 x 9 paperback. Way bigger than I was envisioning! So I had to go through and reformat for a smaller page size. (Turns out I’ll have to use a 5 x 8 template in order to have my book available for purchase … still bigger than I hoped, but not nearly as big as I feared.) Oh, and by the way? There’s a feature in Microsoft Word that will clean up your widows and orphans (novel speak for isolated lines at the top or bottom of pages) for you. Yeah, I found that out after spending almost six hours fixing them manually . . . Ugh.
And now that I have all my formatting done? The publisher I wanted to go through is having technical difficulties on their website. It’s just not fair!
So, until further notice, my grand publication event will be postponed. Not to fear, though! I have a fun little tidbit for everyone!
Behold! A color map of my fantasy world, Myrillia!