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A little more on formatting....
Yesterday, our TIPSY TODAY post was about how to make your book look professional or a little less self-published. I mentioned justified vs left justified/ragged right. I was asked how you 'accomplish' both—justified for print and ragged right for eBook, allowing the retail platforms to convert the eBook accordingly.
Your formatter, if formatting for both print and eBook, should provide you with files for both.
I edit and format using Microsoft Word 2010. If I am formatting for a client who I am also editing for, I will format for eBook as I edit, finalizing the eBook file once the edits are accepted by the author. Then I copy that file and format for print separately.
From the eBook file, I am able to create a PDF file and convert the word file to both MOBI and ePub. With these files, the author will be able to publish on most platforms including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Draft2Digital, etc. (I am also able to format for Smashwords separately. They are a beast of their own and I now recommend D2D over SW.)
I offer professional basic formatting.
By basic, I mean standard design with either no artwork or small clipart only. If you are looking for fancy chapter pages with special artwork, there are formatters who offer this. (I highly recommend JT Formatting. She does awesome formatting, including fancy chapter heads. https://www.facebook.com/JTFormatting)
Since I started editing and offering
formatting, I have learned a lot.
I am thankful for the authors who both
encouraged me to offer this service
and who allowed me to learn on their files.
The books I formatted early on...
Well, let's just say they didn't follow
the items mentioned yesterday.
They had running heads on all pages;
eBooks might have had extra blank pages between chapters;
acknowledgments were always in the front;
images might not have been sized perfectly for eBook...
Just to name a few.
This old dog CAN still learn new tricks, though.
I'm learning every day.
With my TIPSY TODAY posts, I am sharing my knowledge with you.
Feel free to share! #TipsyToday
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