Now that Amazon's started offering the option to print hardback covers to authors, they've made some updates to the KDP template generator. Here's a quick summary of what you need to know when it's time to publish that paperback or hardback book.
This last one's a biggie. I know designers who've had to redo paperbacks because the author was off by 2 pages. I'm hoping this change may help fix some of the spine issues KDP has had, but the paperback or hardback cover will not work if you don't have the exact page count now. Many designers will charge a small fee to correct a template if it's off because the page count was wrong, so be careful.
Authors can find the new KDP template generator here: https://kdp.amazon.com/cover-calculator
And pay extra close attention to those final page counts, everyone. ?
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Let me guess. You stopped writing long enough to buy the perfect fantasy or sci-fi book cover (or perhaps some character art) and now that it's time to file taxes, you're having to stop writing yet again to find out whether you need to submit a 1099-NEC or a 1099-MISC?
Why can't publishing books be just a bit less complicated? Or at least less time-consuming. Am I right?