Sarah, great read. Very interesting to know about family and friends reaction to your book.
I hear what you say about formatting a paperback publication. I attended a free Book Design Workshop using Microsoft Word at Michigan State University library, (5 minutes from my house) three times! I still am not sure I have the chapters starting on the right hand side pages!
But this two hour class was very informative. I had difficulty only because I was using an Apple MAC and their instruction was based on a PC. I had to translate what they were saying to how it worked on the MAC.
Even though I haven’t printed the book, they can make one right on site for me to take a look at. They can even make copies and give a price break at 50 or more. It’s not the most cost effective, about $10 a book. But it allows you the freedom to print and read and review at little cost.
As I have traveled at times with my husband on business, I have noticed that other large libraries offer workshops too. An absolutely gorgeous community library in Greenwich, CT offered a wordpress workshop.
As us creatives are looking to hone our craft it is helpful that there are people out there willing to share what they know.
Thank you for sharing!