originally posted by: Night Star
Welcome Shlaw and congratulations on your e-book!
Thank you! I am very happy (but doing yet another formatting for kindle
originally posted by: LucidWarrior
a reply to: shlaw
Well, yeah. Haha
Sorry, I wasn't trying to be glib in my response, but I am happy
the whole writing process is done, not just the ebook part. Having
done just one, I am hardly an expert on it, but here are a few things
I ran into doing the conversion:
Trying to navigate all the different sites that offered advice was
daunting to say the least. One immediate takeaway was that an
ebook is more a web page than book. That's so it can be viewed
on as many different devices/platforms as possible. Because of
that, proper formatting is critical, and is different from a typical
formatting one might do in Word.
I was fortunate that my book was simple; no pictures other than
the front cover, and no fancy formatting ie tables, etc. I was
unfortunate in that I am using Openoffice. Most of the sites that
check a ebook before upload work best with a Word Doc file. And
of course, Openoffice doesn't save doc files with all the required
The book can be done in RTF, but by the time I'd already spent
untold hours doing another reformat and converted to RTF, some
of the formatting was lost yet again. I should have done the very
last format in RTF to avoid the issue but didn't know.
Later I found a site that advised using libreoffice as it saves docs
better, but shortly after I found another more recent site that
complained it was no longer supported and didn't work anymore.
Like I said earlier, lots of info, lots of contradictions, and it can
get confusing really fast.
Anyway, I am doing one more reformat today to conform to Kindle's
guidelines while I still have an active trial of MS office.
Note that making an ebook does not save time, nor make any part
of the process easier. All it really does, in my opinion, is remove
the spectre of being refused fifty times by publishers as has happened
to some (now) very successful authors.
Here is my estimated total time for my 40,000 word novella:
Overall writing: started the book 5 years ago, the last 2 months were hardcore 8 hours a day
Rewrite: a complete story overhaul that took 3 weeks, 8 hours a day
Editing: hard to be accurate here- I did at least 30 or 40 reads for grammar/spelling/concise(ness?)
Submission to professional editor: took 1 week to get it back
More editing: did about another dozen passes after getting it back
Formatting for ebook: 2 weeks to learn and get it right, plus ongoing but almost perfect
Create cover: I'm merely adequate in photoshop, so it took a week
*** There's probably more I'm forgetting, but anyway, thank god it's done for the most part.