eBooks

With the steady rise of ebook readers, you can now get the tales you want to tell into the hands of readers via your own website, as well as through resellers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Google.

In order to do that, you will need to convert your edited manuscript from your word processing program to the formats ebook readers can display.

Which formats can you convert to?

HTML: All HTML ebook files will be valid XHTML and CSS. They should display in any browser.

ePub: ePub is quickly becoming the standard format for ebook delivery. The following are a few of the programs that display ePub files: Adobe Digital Editions and Calibre.

PDF: Adobe's portable document format is now readable by many different programs, including Adobe Reader.

RTF: Rich text files are text documents, readable by programs such as LibreOffice and Microsoft Word.

Other formats are available upon request, but these are the most portable and usable on multiple platforms.

I will not convert ebooks to locked DRM formats.

How much does this cost?

For text-only books, if you have digital versions of your manuscript and cover artwork, the costs are:

For example, if you want the basic ePub and HTML versions of your manuscript, as well as the Kindle-formatted HTML file, your cost would be $700 ($300 ePub + $250 HTML + $150 Kindle). If you wanted those files within forty-eight hours, the cost would be the base total of $700 plus $300 ($100 x 3 formats), for a total of $1,000.

If you just want the HTML version for the Kindle, the cost would be $400 ($250 HTML + $150 Kindle).

Please note that these prices are for text-only books. Contact me for a quote to convert books containing tables and graphics.

I don't usually download ePub files. The layout is often weird, and I prefer to run an HTML document through Calibre so I can tweak it to look the way I want. Since you allow downloading of multiple formats [on dancingfoolspress.com], though, I went ahead and started with the ePub, figuring I could fiddle with the HTML later if I needed to.

I didn't need to. Your ePub is gorgeous.

—Jillian MacLeod

How long will conversion take?

The actual amount of time it will take depends entirely upon the quality of the original digital files you provide and the complexity of the final product. The project will be finished and returned to you by a mutually agreed-upon date.

I already have ebook files of my story, will you clean them up for me?

Certainly. The clean-up charge is $60 an hour. For $120 an hour, turn around time is forty-eight hours. An estimate of the total cost will be emailed to you before any work begins. There is a minimum charge of $30, and hourly services are charged in fifteen-minute increments.

I found a mistake in my manuscript! Can you fix it and send me the updated files?

Certainly. The clean-up charge is $60 an hour. For $120 an hour, turn around time is forty-eight hours. An estimate of the total cost will be emailed to you before any work begins. There is a minimum charge of $30, and hourly services are charged in fifteen-minute increments.

Please note that this applies to minor typo and formatting fixes only (e.g. you meant to italicize a word and it wasn't, adding or removing a paragraph break, fixing a typo, etc.). If you have more than a few minor fixes, you will be charged the full conversion fee, so make sure you've had the manuscript edited before sending it to me for conversion.

Will you upload my converted manuscript to third-party resellers?

I will not upload to places like Barnes & Noble's PubIt!, Amazon's Kindle Direct Publishing, or Google Books for you, but I'm working on walk-throughs that will help you do it yourself, designed to take the frustration out of dealing with the sites' quirks. Contact me if you'd like to be notified when these walk-throughs are released.

How does this process work?

Contact me, indicating that you're interested in having your manuscript converted to the various ebook formats. In the details field, let me know what formats you'd like to convert your manuscript to, how many words and chapters the completed manuscript is, if there are graphics, and the desired completion date. I'll email you a contract detailing the specifics: what kinds of conversion have been agreed upon, the projected completion date, and the price.

After I receive the signed contract, I'll begin converting the files. I'll need the manuscript, graphics (including covers), and metadata to perform the conversion. Metadata is information attached to the ebook to provide additional information to the reader, e.g. author, publisher, ISBN, series, categories, tags, etc. If needed, as part of the contract I can walk you through the process of deciding what metadata should be included.