Review of Author copy in KDP
Finally, the book I requested as an author copy has arrived. When I take out a book from a yellow envelope, I get a little nervous. Did the print work out the way I wanted it to? Is the print quality poor, faded, or unreadable? I considered the resolution, but won't the colors come out too weird, or too dark or too blurry to see? It makes you think a lot.
My first book, Hello My Robin, was formatted by a professional publisher. It cost about $550 and took a day. This book is the result of formatting done by a professional publishing proofreading company. The previous output is shown below.
The first book contains many images drawn in watercolor and scanned. So, it was difficult to put this image in a page of a certain standard without breaking the resolution or exceeding the bleed. I decided to leave this to the professionals. And I asked about fonts and editing of publications.
I can see that the color comes out darker if I print it than you thought. However, this is my first book, and I am satisfied with the thought that I did my best by entrusting it to a professional company.
Although it is a children's book, I did not deliberately make the pictures cute or fancy at the level of children. I want my children to see watercolor paintings as they are.
Children are accustomed to numerous YouTube and games from the time they are born. Rather, the chance to see the real picture is reduced. It has contrast, different colors, different feelings, and is like a hand drawing that is not perfect. I think children have been too orientated to cartoons since they was a little kid.
In that sense, I personally painted each painting in watercolor. I don't know if these thoughts will be conveyed well, but I like the fact that there is a system where I can put my intentions and compile them as they are.
Even professional vendors make mistakes. The white space on the right at the back is probably for barcodes.
In conclusion, although it is my first book, I did my best and in the end I was satisfied and grateful that I could see the results of my efforts. I hope that my efforts will bear great fruit someday.
Myungja Anna Koh