Ebooks work like old-fashioned webpages.  What goes on behind the scenes is just one big long scrolling webpage. This means that “pages,” as we think of them, are an illusion.  There are no pages in ebooks.  The illusion of pages is created by careful conversion and by the eBook-reading devices.

Experienced eBook formatters know how to use coding to provide the appearance of page breaks before Chapters, and white space to show scene breaks. 

Footnotes can't be put at the bottom of a “page,” like we do in print, because there are no pages.  Therefore there is no “bottom of a page.”  But you can put your footnotes as endnotes to your chapter or to the book, whichever you prefer.  Sometimes, if there are only a very few notes in the whole book, you might like to just use a bracketed number right there in the sentence. [1]Like this, to cite the footnote. We can do whatever you like best. 

To make using endnotes or footnotes easy, we create two-way links.  The reader clicks the superscripted number2 link in the narrative text--and then is "jumped" to the footnote.  After reading the footnote, she simply clicks the footnote number to be taken back to the location in the text from which she jumped.  On many devices, there is also simply a "back" button that serves the same purpose--to take the reader back to where she was in the narrative flow.  Easy to use!

You can see some examples of what "pop-up footnotes" (footnotes that do display on the same page as the superscripted or annotated note number--some devices have that capability) look like in the Complex Layouts Gallery (look for the Demand of Blood pages).    

 

Phone Call Alert! 

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Old Timey Switchboard Operator Cartoon

 

Due to the COVID-19 onslaught, we currently cannot take incoming phone calls.  

 

A notification about phone calls:  due to the COVID-19 plague, we've significantly increased our incoming inquiries--nearly double our usual volume--and the number of incoming inquiries by phone has been literally overwhelming.  Although most writers will say that their call "will only take 15 minutes," the truth is, that after 10 years of doing this, most author inquiry calls take an hour.  45 minutes at best. I'm currently receiving 7-10 calls/day, and due to that, I've had to stop accepting incoming phone calls, which my voicemail will tell you. You can leave a message--I can't call you back without one--and if a call is needed, I will of course call you.  But we have very complete and extensive email replies, handouts and our website is very informative. Almost all the questions that I receive during a call are actually already answered on our site, or are, in fact, publishing questions, not questions about our services, what we do, what we offer, or the like.  I already handle between 90-130 emails/day, as it is. I can't handle that many emails and take 7-10 hours of calls each day. I can't. So, in order to be able to answer this huge email volume, to help the greatest number of people, with my time, I've had to stop accepting calls.  I'm sorry, but that's just how it is. I'm in the process of setting up a call-appointment function, for free 15-minute calls to answer questions from new prospective customers and longer paid sessions for folks who generally want consulting on "publishing," generally (and for prospective kids' book publishers, as a special category of paid consulting).  But that functionality isn't yet set up. I hope to get that working the 3rd week of July, sometime.  

Thank you for your understanding.