You might think it’s a minor thing, deciding whether your new book should be 9-by-6 inches or the usual trade paperback 8½-by-5½ inch dimension, but the smaller trim size does look and feel more professional, even elegant.
It’s easier to retrieve from some of my bookshelves, too.
It comes at an added cost, though – an additional $1.40 or so, out of my royalty.
You wouldn’t expect that for the smaller size, would you?
At some point, that might be the swing factor in raising the cover price.
For now, I simply want this one to be just right. Besides, it will still take a lot of sales for that difference to add up, and we are dealing with the story of a small faith community which just might not have that much interest for anyone else unless this takes off like, well, something about covered bridges in Iowa.
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Any explanation? How did you discover this?
I ran the numbers when choosing among the formatting options at Draft2Digital. The half-inch bigger size is the one Amazon Direct runs with, and I find that those volumes just don’t sit on the shelf quite the same — they half less space from the shelf above and are a little harder to pull out, somehow.
I’m assuming the slightly smaller paper format entails a second trimming operation and maybe a few extra pages.