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Can Draft2Digital Do the POD Paperback Formatting?

Draft2Digital provided a new POD (Print On Demand) paperback option in addition to ePub, Mobi, and PDF eBook file media. I said to myself. “Does it work?”  Well, it’s close to being perfect formatting; but, you will need to do some doc or docx editing.

This was discovered when publishing my ePub eBook from a Word doc file with Draft2Digital help. Download PDF file for a paperback option appeared and I took it.

What happened?

  • Front matter and back matter, content formatted.
  • Chapter body text fully justified except when centered desired.
  • Drop cap styling in Word file ignored, not converted.
  • Alternating book title & author name headers nicely created.
  • Bullet lists & numbered lists were correctly formatted.
  • 5 and 8.5-inch trim size only supported

What didn’t happen?

  • Chapter beginnings didn’t always start on an odd numbered page.
  • Didn’t use enough page breaks to align chapter beginnings to odd pages.
  • No front & back and spine cover images were generated. You will need to produce your own covers.
  • Page numbering and headers begin on the first page of the file.

Not bad for single pass through the publishing path producing an eBook of ePub or Mobi, a PDF, and a Print On Demand (POD) paperback. More research on my part will continue to see how close I may come to creating a paperback book.

WORD’S WRITING SECRETS MACROS

Do you use macros in your Word document? I’ve discovered you should! Here’s a list of macros. Please opt to used them in your documents.

  • Highlight_ly—highlight all potential adverb words ending in ly.
  • TellingWords—highlights instances of telling, for change into showing words.
  • PassiveWords—highlights passive words in document from a predefined word list.

Above are a few macros. At http://www.techtoolsforwriters.com/improve-your-writing-with-macros/ you will find additional macros and a link to a free book “Macros for Writer and Editors.”. Shows over 400 macros listed for use with Word.

For editors, proofreaders. and authors who need all the help received; let macros speed up their productivity.

EBOOK SELF-PUBLISHING COURSE FOR AUTHORS

The last week in March I’m launching a Self-publishing 101 online class for authors dealing specifically with eBook publishing for Amazon Kindle, or the Nook of Barnes and Noble, even Apple eBooks.

The lectures and videos have been assembled for this course. Do you want to be a beta student of the course? I can provide a coupon for a 66 percent discount off the course. Just email me at ronald@rnewton.net with the subject line containing Coupon.

Let me know your criticisms and good points of the course.  It’s the second of a proposed three course online curriculum.

  1. How to Write?
  2. How to Create an Ebook?
  3. How to Market an Ebook?

Just how do you create an eBook out of your written manuscript?

  • First, by styling your word processor’s manuscript into normal paragraphs, headings, and book content sections your eBook should have
  • Second, a good cover page for your book’s genre appealing to its readers.
  • Third, would be a methodology for publishing the Mobi or Epub eBook.
  • Fourth, its distribution to the marketplace through Kindle, Draft2Digital, or Reedsy.

The learning style is hands-on. You will create two fiction and two non-fiction eBooks during the course. The tools I selected will be explained and used by you in the course. You’ll get your hand dirty in the course, creating real eBooks.

Drop me a line!

WHAT SNOW?

The snow of biblical proportions didn’t occur last Sunday. Milk and bread were in short supply this weekend. Television and radio predicted snow would occur in Greensboro, NC., My birthday gift, an Alexa Dot, predicted in a female voice that the probability of snow for Sunday was 0.008 per cent.

It’s 4:34 pm. Bright, sunny, and warm as I look out my window. The supermarket certainly enjoyed a minor uptick in revenue last week.

THE CREATESPACE JOURNEY

My CreateSpace journey has been one of struggle because of my lack of printed book publication experience. Choosing the best trim size for my paperback books. Then selecting the appropriate margins, gutter and margins for the interior design of my books. Next up was the cover image front, back, and spine. My major struggle was with headers, footers, and page numbers in my books. The choice of heading and body text fonts seemed to never end until I found two I could live with on my cover and inside my book.

All the work and struggles occurred in Word for my CreateSpace books. Finally, a YouTube video showed me how to handle headers and footers for my paperback books.

Now the next major project is to convert all my eBooks into CreateSpace paperbacks. Holding a physical book, I wrote in my hands still delights me.

WHO HELPED ME?

Derek Murphy’s website https://www.youtube.com/user/holyblasphemy123 has new videos that will immensely help your CreateSpace works. He also gives good b

AUTHOR SELF-PUBLISHING 101

This course will be opening soon once the vouchers are set. I want some beta students to take the course and comment on its weaknesses, suggest an improvement, and tell me what worked.

The course will guide you in the tasks of turning a word processing fiction or non-fiction manuscript into an eBook.

WHAT KIND OF AN EBOOK?

  • An Amazon Kindle Mobi eBook
  • An Epub eBook for Apple, Nook, Kobo

You will use Open Office or Microsoft Word software to write the book manuscript. How to turn to manuscript into HTML code will be addressed. Styling of the HTML code by CSS will be shown to you.

RESOURCES USED?

  • Open Office or Word processor
  • Internet HTML conversion website
  • Notepad++ my favorite editor
  • Sigil software will create Kindle and non-Kindle eBooks at will.
  • Lectures, video screen captures of eBook production tasks. Coupled with a workbook in PDF, Epub, or Mobi format.

You will get your hands dirty creating four eBooks, two for fiction work and two for non-fiction. Writing templates for Word or OpenOffice are provided to you for download. Except for Microsoft Word the software I demonstrate to create eBooks are free. Note I said; you will create eBooks. I show you how and answer questions about the self-publishing tasks you perform. You may refer to my four eBooks as your behind the scenes reference.

This course will not teach you how to write, or produce paperback books. It’s all about making eBooks. You must do the exercises to get hands on learning. Otherwise, it’s just armchair learning not put in practice. Yes, I will mentor you to create eBooks.

If interested email me ronald@rnewton.net for a course voucher for 66% off of the full price.

 

 

What’s Going on in 2016?

 

2016 brought with it successes and bad news from the Association of American Publisher regarding pubishing. Sales in the first half of 1016 were 5.37 billion dollars.

  • Adult books down by 2.8 %.
  • Children and YA books up by 0.9 %.
  • Religions books up by 10.4 %.
  • Ebooks were down by 20 %.
  • Paperback books grew by 8.8%
  • Audio downloads grew by 32.3 %.

Surprises to me were religious books gains over first six month of 2015. Need to investigate what genres are growing in religion book markets. Looks like I will definitely using CreateSpace to produce paperback book copies of my ebook. Ebook decline continues so authors should focus on finding niches that sells.

What’s up with audio downloads? That’s a big jump! See more date at http://publishers.org/

Once Again CreateSpace Delivers

My second CreateSpace paperback book was published this week. I tracked the steps used to format a Word manuscript into a CreateSpace paperback. The third attempt went smoothly and is detailed in my upcoming paperback book titled, ”CreateSpace Quick & Easy Self-Publishing Guide.”

Launch date will be Friday, October 28. Amazon Kindle and Epub versions via Draft2Digital will be released together. CreateSpace version will be available the following week.

The glow of publishing another work of mine is fading; but the itch is growing for another non-fiction book. The hardest task facing me upon writing the last three manuscripts was delivering enough details to make these books worthwhile.

Need time to do some Fiverr gigs formatting Word manuscripts to ebooks. Check back later.