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eBook Design and Conversion


Question: Can I just upload my Word doc manuscript or a pdf to KindleKDP to get my ebook selling on Amazon?

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Answer: Not advisable; it’s very risky. “Mass conversion” programs (called “meat-grinders”) often “misinterpret” the intended formatting of a book.  Here’s one of the thousands of book reviews you don’t want, sitting on Amazon forever:
“I couldn’t even read this Kindle book because the formatting was so messed up! There was no separation between chapters, the headings were blended into the text, the text flow was unpredictable and the links didn’t work. It was impossible to read; very weird. How does this happen? So, unprofessional. I have requested my money back.”

Debbi doesn’t use a “meat grinder” software. She will custom style your book text for a beautiful, expected  display on a Kindle, iPad, or other ebook devices. She knows how to edit the backend HTML and CSS code which is necessary to “fix” display issues.

Debbi takes the time to test each ebook on a Kindle, and manually tweak the HTML code necessary to ensure that the file is not only accepted by the ebookstore, but also displays properly, providing a GREAT READ for your reader. If anyone tells you to just upload your pdf or Word doc, yikes, beware—they are either foolish or dishonest. Debbi prepares, converts, and tests the result because she knows what your readers want and expect from you, a published author.

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Question: How much will it cost for your to convert my manuscript to an ebook?

Answer: Debbi calculates the fee by the word count of your Word doc, and sometimes based on the complexity of the book. For a quote fill out the form on the contact page. In the comments field you can  describe your book, the word count, the number of photos or illustrations, the number of charts or graphs, if it has footnotes, if it has any complex formatting or styling, etc. You can also attach your Word doc manuscript for Debbi to give you an instant quote. A short novel or memoir (around 50,000 words with you providing the cover image) would be $350. We do cover design also. Just let us know what book services you need from the contact page.

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eBook - Civil War Quilts by Maria Tavy UmheyWhat a kick to proofread “Civil War Memorial Quilts” on my Nook. Debbi Stocco did a wonderful job of formatting it, designing the cover and helping me all the technical stuff to get my eBook uploaded and available. I hope it will be on everyone’s Kindle and Nook in a week or two.- Maria Tavy Umhey, Author and Quilter, Civil War Quilts and the Words that Inspired Them