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Offline Chris Eboch

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Resource for Digital Formatting
« on: April 11, 2013, 08:41 AM »
If you have a manuscript (like a Word document) that you want to turn into a digital book for the Kindle, I like LiberWriter. (http://www.liberwriter.com/) It's $60, which is worth the time and mental stress that saves me. You upload your document, they do the formatting, and you can check it over online – and either edit it yourself or get help if something isn't the way you want it. They also offer an ePub version (as part of the package, no extra fee), but last I checked it was still considered beta, so not guaranteed.
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Re: Resource for Digital Formatting
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 07:30 PM »
Chris --

This looks good. And I like their prices.

However, I see cover designs are different hourly rates, depending on the designer.

Any idea what that could average?

Or, do you have other affordable cover design advice?

Thanks!

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Re: Resource for Digital Formatting
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 08:56 PM »
@Tom: An alternative would be Scrivener. It costs about $45 (one time purchase fee) and can convert your document (once you paste it in if you work in Word) to both ebook formats in a few minutes once you get the hang of it and if you're not looking for super fancy formatting. The first time's the hardest, but there are a number of free guides online that walk you through step-by-step and most of them have screenshots. The Mac version, from what I've heard, has more bells and whistles than the PC version.

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Re: Resource for Digital Formatting
« Reply #3 on: December 14, 2013, 08:25 PM »
I tried Scrivener for PC and was not satisfied with the formatting. It didn't have breaks between the chapters, just a number sign. And the chapter headings were the same size font as everything else.


I haven't used cover design through LiberWriter, so I can't comment on their prices or quality. Here are some of my other notes ? I am not recommending any of these, and the comments below are by people who recommended them on a listserv, not me. Also, the comments are mainly from adult writers, so these people may not all be suitable for children's books. But it's a place to start!





33 Ways to Design Your Book Cover (with 33 cover designers and services): http://www.sellingbooks.com/33-ways-to-design-your-book-cover/


Go On Write, at http://www.goonwrite.com ? ebook only, premade covers, ~$30.


http://www.myecovermaker.com - free, do-it-yourself

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Re: Resource for Digital Formatting
« Reply #4 on: March 07, 2014, 02:14 PM »
Excellent, Chris! Thanks for the useful tip!