My Book Has Chapter Heading Images.  Will Those Look Right?

It depends.  Sometimes we can, sometimes we cannot.  As we explained back in What are the Limits of eBook formatting?, there is no such thing as absolute vertical or horizontal positioning in an eBook.  If you used a picture of an apple, let’s say, as the letter “a” in every Chapter heading that had an “a,” it's possible that it would not come out perfectly.  Kindle e-ink devices, remember, do not allow for inline images, so it is highly likely that the layout won’t match your print layout perfectly. 

But...

However, many creative ideas can make the Chapter heads look very similar to the print book.  This is something to bear in mind when you are putting together your manuscript.   To show you how Chapter heads can work, see the below examples.  The first is a handbook for "The Hyster Sisters" in Kindle Fire format, with the chapter graphic; the second is the same book in Kindle e-ink format.  These work because the chapter images are above the chapter title.  They would also work if below. What does not work very well is when the image or graphic is incorporated in the same line as the text. 

 

 

The Hyster Sister Chapter Heads, shown here on a Kindle Fire device.  As you see, these work well, no matter the device, because the artwork is above the text of the chapter head.
The Hyster Sister Chapter Heads, shown here on a Kindle Fire device. As you see, these work well, no matter the device, because the artwork is above the text of the chapter head.
 

 

Same book, now on a KF7 Amazon reader (e-ink).
Same book, now on a KF7 Amazon reader (e-ink).

 

 

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.