It seems so long ago that Amazon closed down Createspace, and transferred all our paperbacks to KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).
If, like me, you didn’t bother to transfer your paperback files yourself, but just left Amazon to do it for you, I would suggest, if you haven’t done so, that you order up a copy of each of your paperbacks and give them a good once over.
A friend recently bought a KDP printed copy of THE PRINCE’S MAN, and after he’d read it, he asked about the formatting. What he showed me was a nasty shock.
Now I know the original Createspace copies were fine – I’ve ordered and sold many without any issues. But this is what he found in my KDP version:
This is from Chapter 12 – the strike-through appears randomly, but frequently. Enough to be annoying to the reader.
And then there was this, from Chapter 15:
The strike-through happens everywhere there should be an apostrophe – even more annoying!
The rest of the book was fine, it’s only these two chapters, but that could still be enough to annoy a new reader to the point where they don’t buy the next book. To be fair, I haven’t seen that happen – every time I sell a Prince’s Man paperback, I sell equal numbers of subsequent books, but the potential is there, and I value every reader.
I subsequently uploaded the original PDF of the book (the one that I created for Createspace) to KDP, checked the book online, and also ordered a physical copy to be certain. Everything is now fine.
But I just thought I’d share this oddity with you, on the off chance it might have happened to anyone else. I would strongly advise you, if you did the same as me and took the lazy option of allowing Amazon to do the change-over for you, to buy a physical copy of each of your books and check them over thoroughly.
I am about to order up copies of my others, and if I find any other anomalies, I will share those too…