The very first thing that we do to your file when we start production is to convert your source material, whether you typed it in Word or gave it to us in PDF, into HTML.  HTML is the same thing that makes web-browsers work, like Internet Explorer or Firefox.  Ebooks have a very limited range of HTML, because much of what has become the standard was adopted from HTML as it was in the early 1990's, not the much fancier HTML that you see on websites today.

It takes us 3 more steps to get your PDF into HTML than it does from any word-processing program, like Word or Open Office or WordPerfect.  This is why conversion from PDF is more expensive than from a word processed manuscript.

HTML is basically the heart of your eBook.  It’s what makes the Chapter headings appear where and how they should, puts page breaks before them, and controls the appearance and layout of your book.

Once we have the HTML, we perform cleanup on it.  Some books are easier to clean than others.  Some people are very familiar with Word and how to use it, and their books will be “clean" Word files.  Some people are not, and we have to do a lot of cleanup on the HTML so that all our books start from the same, cleaned-HTML place.  If you are the kind of person who knows how to use Word’s Pilcrow feature, and see your codes, you probably will have very little cleanup, if any.  If you’re the kind of  Word or Open Office user that doesn't know how to use the Styles and Formatting features, your manuscript will take more cleanup. 

The very first thing that we do to your file when we start production is to convert your source material, whether you typed it in Word or gave it to us in PDF, into HTML.  HTML is the same thing that makes web-browsers work, like Internet Explorer or Firefox.  Ebooks have a very limited range of HTML, because much of what has become the standard was adopted from HTML as it was in the early 1990's, not the much fancier HTML that you see on websites today.

It takes us 3 more steps to get your PDF into HTML than it does from any word-processing program, like Word or Open Office or WordPerfect.  This is why conversion from PDF is more expensive than from a word processed manuscript.

HTML is basically the heart of your eBook.  It’s what makes the Chapter headings appear where and how they should, puts page breaks before them, and controls the appearance and layout of your book.

Once we have the HTML, we perform cleanup on it.  Some books are easier to clean than others.  Some people are very familiar with Word and how to use it, and their books will be “clean" Word files.  Some people are not, and we have to do a lot of cleanup on the HTML so that all our books start from the same, cleaned-HTML place.  If you are the kind of person who knows how to use Word’s Pilcrow feature, and see your codes, you probably will have very little cleanup, if any.  If you’re the kind of  Word or Open Office user that doesn't know how to use the Styles and Formatting features, your manuscript will take more cleanup. 

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.